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Updated programme for the Screening Style symposium, Saturday March 15th, LICA, Lancaster University

Final version of the programme! Excited to add a paper by Sarah Gilligan on Sherlock and fandom – as well as some other small changes. 

Screening Style: Costume, Cinema and Performance

9.30-10: Registration and coffee

10-11: Sir Christopher Frayling, Hollywood Costume

11-12.30: Panel 1 – screening sexuality

Bruce Bennett, The heightened look of film history: Excess and costume in Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love
Sarah Gilligan, Refashioning Sherlock: Fandom, Digital Spaces and Performativity
Catherine Spooner, ‘Wrapped in plastic’: David Lynch’s Material Girls

12.30-1.30: Lunch

1.30-2.15: Donatella Barbieri, Absences and re-encounters: archived costumes and the performances they hold

2.15-3.15: Panel 2 – style in practice

Jane Barnwell, Make Up and the Movies
Nigel Stewart, Turning Bodies and Textures of Light: Russell Maliphant’s Afterlight

3.14-4.15: Coffee

3.45-4.45: Panel 3 – costume and commerce

Kamilla Elliott, Who will you wear to the party? Costume and/as character in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland
Liz Oakley-Brown, Outlaw Style: Surface, Screen, Sensation (1580-1980)

4.45-5.30: Lea Anderson, Quick Change, The Choreography of Costume in the work of Lea Anderson and The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs.

Full details of the day here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Screening-Style-Costume-Cinema-and-Performance/1433032680260289

Talk: Corsets, Capes and Women in White, Catherine Spooner, Dukes art centre


Date & Time

Mon 24 Feb 2014 – 19:00


The Gallery, Dukes arts centre, Lancaster

Costumes are central to the pleasures of Gothic film, from Bela Lugosi’s cape to Helena Bonham-Carter’s corsets. But they are more than just spectacle – they are often a key part of what makes a film ‘Gothic’. This talk will trace the history of costume in Gothic cinema and explore the meaning behind some of its most iconic looks.

Dr Spooner is a Senior Lecturer with Lancaster University’s English and Creative Writing Department, who specialises in Gothic in literature, film and popular culture. She has published three books on the subject and contributed to the British Film Institute’s Gothic: The Dark of Heart of Film compendium.

Talks are in The Dukes Gallery Places and are free but please book a ticket from the Box Office.

Screening Style: Symposium on costume design in cinema




Please clear a space in your diary for the forthcoming symposium on the study of costume design in film and performance, Screening Style, which is a  follow-up to last year’s symposium on production design. The symposium will run from 10am-5.30pm, and will take place in the LICA building, room A27. the keynote speakers will be Sir Christopher Frayling, choreographer Lea Anderson and costume designer and academic, Donatella Barbieri. Further details will be posted on the Screening Style Facebook site here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Screening-Style-Costume-Cinema-and-Performance/1433032680260289.

This is a free event, but please email the organisers, Bruce Bennett or Catherine Spooner to register (b.bennett@lancs.ac.uk; c.spooner@lancs.ac.uk).