Call for Session Proposals: Fierce Fashion Futures

Everyday we communicate something about who we are, who we want and what kind of world we want with our clothes and our bodies. How can we understand the ways that fashion builds community and simultaneously excludes from community? How can we reclaim beauty in our own fat, QTPOC, disabled, radical selves?

Fashion is media and politics at the same time. Fashion can be used as emotional and spiritual armor as well as physical protection from police and chemical weapons. What new possibilities for expression and network building are created by wearable electronics, e-textiles and new fashion technologies? How does fashion work in radical media, dance and performance?

We want to build a community of radical fashion lovers, who see fashion not as big business or an elite sport, but as an art form for people with subversive potential, and as a space of self-expression and creation.

We want to broaden the ways that the media activist communities that are a part of the Allied Media Conference think about fashion as a kind of politics in their everyday life. We hope to expand the conversation about gender, race, sexuality and ability by having these spaces to talk about how they play out on our bodies through clothing. We are looking to build new skills for creating clothes, expanding the options people have for their fashion choices and for making wearable electronics, expanding our possibilities for creating everyday technologies.

We are looking for proposals, such as:


  • skills for making and re-making your own clothes
  • creating wearable electronics
  • sustaining yourself through DIY fashion business


  • how fashion can help us explore our identities
  • fashion without overconsumption
  • fashion as community building/fashion as homogenizer


  • using fashion to embrace and empower your body
  • understanding and fighting sweatshops
  • using fashion to protect yourself in direct-action.

Proposals are due March 8, 2013 at midnight.

You may post comments or questions for the organizers on the Fierce Fashion Futures discussion page on AMPtalk.

Submit your session proposal on AMPtalk »

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