Fashion, Dress and Style as Provocation

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
contact email: 

Special Session Panel for the Virtual SAMLA 92 Conference - Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts

November 13-15, 2020 – ONLINE

Panel Title - Fashion, Dress and Style as Provocation

Co- Chairs: 

Dr. Loretta Clayton, Middle Georgia State University

Dr. Marylaura Papalas, East Carolina University

Engaging with the 2020 SAMLA conference themes of scandal and provocation, this panel explores the ability of fashion, dress, and style to draw attention, provoke, and, perhaps, to scandalize. Papers on any aspect of the relationship of fashion to publicity, celebrity, infamy, and/or scandal during the Victorian, Modern, or contemporary eras are welcome. We seek papers on both textual and graphic representations of fashion, and we encourage submissions that examine sartorial themes in literature, theater, art, film, photography, design, periodicals, digital media, and other aesthetic modes of expression. 

Topics that might be considered include:

  • Individual verses collective forms of fashionable provocation
  • Scandals in the fashion industry, both recent and historic
  • Dressing for “shock” value and/vs. the (mis)interpretation of dress as purposefully provocative
  • Fashion provocations intersecting with gender, race, and social class.
  • Failed fashion rebellions, shocking styles appropriated by the dominant discourse, or unintended consequences of sartorial scandal
  • Breaking or making connections between text, context, texture and textile

How and why do fashion, dress, and style draw attention, provoke, and scandalize? ***New extended deadline: June 30, 2020, please send abstracts of 250-500 words along with AV requests and short bio to both Loretta Clayton, Middle Georgia State University, at and Marylaura Papalas, East Carolina University, at