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CFP: Appearance, Dress, and Social Psychology in the Contemporary Society

Organization: Fashion and Textiles Journal
Date Posted: 9/20/2019
Primary Category: Special Calls & Announcements

Description & Details


Special Article Collection of Fashion and Textiles on

Appearance, Dress, and Social Psychology in the Contemporary Society”

Submission Deadline: January 31st, 2020

Dress is an integral part of one’s identity. We use dress to manage our appearance which reflects, shapes, and even changes our identity. To understand the antecedents, processes, and outcomes of our intimate relationships with clothing, many researchers studied the dress-related behaviors with the lens of social psychology (e.g., Damhorst, 1985; Kaiser, 1983; Rudd & Lennon, 2001). These studies expanded our understanding of the fundamental processes and mechanisms of dress and appearance effects on us.


Despite the research in the past, the contemporary society introduces complexity that requires further understanding of the social psychological mechanisms that shape people’s behavior. The social media exposes people to dresses  and appearances of themselves and others constantly. Perception and understanding of some traditional identities such as gender and race has changed. More people accept gender-fluid identities (Rider, McMorris, Gower, Coleman, & Eisenberg, 2018) and the multiracial population is growing fast (Livingston, 2017). Such changes in our society call for updating our knowledge of this area of study.


Therefore, recognizing the relevance and importance of social psychology in explaining dress-related behaviors, we aim to seek original and novel research to deepen our understanding of the dress behaviors in the contemporary society. This special issue will carry revised and extended versions of selected papers presented at the 2018 KSCT-ITAA joint symposium, but we are also inviting other experts to submit manuscripts for this call.


Topics for this special issue may include (but are not limited to):

-     Issues related to body image, body satisfaction, and mental health

-     Self-perception and dress

-     Social comparison in the era of social media

-     Social identity and its interaction with dress and appearance

-     Stereotyping and appearance

-     Strategies to teach social psychology of dress

-     Updated theoretical framework to understand appearance management, impression formation, and social perception

-     Visual communications and miscommunications through appearance and dress


Edited by

Hyunjoo Im, University of Minnesota,

 Kyu-Hye Lee, Hanyang University,


Submission deadline

January 31, 2020

Submission instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you  have  carefully  read  the submission guidelines for Fashion and Textiles ( guidelines). The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Fashion and Textiles submission system ( To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on Appearance, Dress, and Social Psychology in the Contemporary Society. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

-     Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient.

-     High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article

-     No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage

-     Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed.


The Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles will support APC (an article-processing charge) for all accepted papers for this special article collection. Be sure to put “APC will be fully supported by KSCT once accepted. Approval code is EL-KSCT-NONE-0118 during the submission procedure.

Please contact if you have questions.



Damhorst, M. L. (1985). Meanings of clothing cues in social context. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 3(2), 39-48.

Kaiser, S. B. (1983). Toward a contextual social psychology of clothing: A synthesis of symbolic interactionist and cognitive theoretical perspectives. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 2(1), 1-9.

Livingston, G. (2017). The rise of multiracial and multiethnic babies in the U.S. Retrieved on 6/1/2019 from in-the-u-s/

Rider, N. G., McMorris, B. H., Gower, A. L., Coleman, E., & Eisenberg, M. E. (2018). Health and care utilization of transgender and gender nonconforming youth: A population-based study. Pediatrics. 141(3), e20171683.

 Rudd, N. A., & Lennon, S. J. (2001). Body image: Linking aesthetics and social psychology of appearance.  Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 19(3), 120-133.


The Fashion and Textiles is a research journal that aims to advance knowledge and to seek new perspectives to fashion and textiles worldwide through publication of high-quality original research articles, review papers, editorials, case studies, book reviews and letters to the editor. The scope of the journal includes: textiles science and technology, clothing science and technology, economics of clothing and textiles/fashion business, and fashion design and history.