Call for Papers: ‘Costume and Character in Film and Television’

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Studies in Costume & Performance

Special Issue Call for Papers: Studies in Costume and Performance

Issue 10.2: ‘Costume and Character in Film and Television’

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Studies in Costume and Performance invites submissions for issue 10.2 (to be published in December 2025) on the theme ‘Costume and Character in Film and Television’.

Since the early years of motion pictures and television, costume designers have contributed to powerful cinematic storytelling. Yet, film and television costuming and its designers remain rather under-researched: many designers’ names are little known, and the contribution of their teams (assistants, supervisors, and makers) is often hard to discern from the records. This issue of Studies in Costume and Performance focuses on the design, the production process – including creative collaborations with filmmakers and actors – and the significance of costume design to the shaping of identity, gender, narrative, politics, memory, culture and more, in film and television.

Following the Critical Costume 2024 international conference and exhibition, hosted by the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television in Los Angeles, USA, this themed issue focuses on the role and significance of costume design in shaping cinematic performance.

We invite submissions from scholars and practitioners that examine the intelligence, artistry, skill, and technical knowledge of costume designers, with special focus on its impact on the outcome and its reception within popular culture.

Contributions might address topics including but not limited to:

●The history and evolution of costume design in film and television

●The relationship between costume design and other elements of production (such as cinematography, production design, and visual effects)

●Costume design as a tool to convey and actualize character

●Genre: style, scale, and detail in an actor’s transformation

●Synergies between costume and popular culture

●Costume professionals in film and television (gender and wage equity, royalties/IP)

●The career and influence of a film or television costume designer

●New horizons in film and television costume design (3D printing, digital/VFX, AI): potentials and challenges

We welcome an interdisciplinary approach and seek a variety of content, including:

Articles (4000-6000 words including notes and references); research reports (2500-4000 words); ‘in-conversations’ with artists, designers, or scholars (2000-4000 words); visual essays (1500-2500 words with emphasis on visual evidence), and reviews of events and new publications (750-1500 words).

Please submit your contribution by 15 September 2024 through the following link:

The journal is double-blind peer-reviewed in order to maintain the highest standards of scholarly integrity. 

For further information, please read the Notes for Contributors. Authors are expected to consult the Information for Journal Editors and Contributors and use the latest Intellect Style Guide.

This themed issue is edited by Chair and Associate Professor Michelle Liu Carriger, Department of Theater, UCLA and Professor Sofia Pantouvaki, Aalto University, Finland. For questions and enquiries, please email: and

Studies in Costume and Performance brings together scholars and critically engaged practitioners and designers working in the fields of costume, performance, scenography, curation, and fashion to facilitate critical discourse on costume and its relationship with live or mediated performance.

For more details on the journal’s scope and aims, as well as past and current editions, please visit: