4th International NWFashionConference

Local Fashion Communities

The Competence Center Culture, Management and Policy invites you to the 4th edition of the Non Western Fashion Conference about local fashion communities.

Fashion can be an important engine in the environmentally, culturally and economical sustainable development of communities with the potential to be a crucial element in the cultural ecosystem that nourishes identity formation. With this academic conference, we explore the contribution of small and medium fashion companies to the sustainable development of their local communities.

Highlights of the programme

23 November 2016 - doctoral workshop
Complementary workshop to provide (PhD-) researchers the opportunity to present and discuss their research. A panel of international experienced PhD supervisors provide critical feedback, led by Prof. dr. Ian King (University of the Arts London / London College of Fashion).

24 November 2016

  • Victoria Rovine (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA): 'Local Means Global: African Fashion in Transcolonial Networks'
  • Archana Surana (Founder and Director of the ARCH Academy of Design in Jaipur, India): ‘Heritage Crafts in Fashion Business - Tradition to Modernity’
  • Panel discussion about the role of fashion in 'The Antwerp Ecosystem'
  • Movie 'Political Dress' (Adam Mickiewicz Institute)
  • Visit to ModeMuseum: exhibition 'Rik Wouters & The Private Utopia'

25 November 2016

  • Co-creation session with shoe designer Dr. Catherine Willems 
  • Round table: interdisciplinary research in fashion

Abstracts and biographies

In order to prepare yourself for the conference, you can download the abstracts and biographies of the presenters.


Discover the full programme of the conference here.



Register Here!


University of Antwerp
Grauwzusters Cloister
Stadscampus – Building S
Lange Sint-Annastraat 7
2000 Antwerpen

Conference fees

Phd students 90 euro
Early bird booking (before 1st of September 2016) 130 euro
Regular booking 200 euro

Getting to Antwerp: All information can be found here

Suggestions for hotel accomodation can be found here

Refund Policy

Your registration may be cancelled only by means of a standard letter, a registered letter, or email to barbara.delft@uantwerpen.be. 

If your registration is cancelled more than 30 days before the conference begins, you will be charged 20% of the registration fee. If your registration is cancelled more than 15 days before the conference begins, you will be charged 40% of the registration fee. If your registration is cancelled less than 15 days before the conference begins, you will be charged the entire fee


Barbara Delft barbara.delft@uantwerpen.be

Pictures NW Fashion Conference 2016

23-26 October 2016 @Antwerp University