Symposium: Camouflage takes centre stage

Symposium invitation

From Wednesday October 13th until Friday October 15th, the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History in Brussels will host a symposium on camouflage, its history, evolution and influence on the world of fashion and design.

Why was camouflage introduced into the army at the beginning of the twentieth century? Which kind of camouflage print is the most effective and why has every nation a different pattern? How will camouflage be integrated in future and NBC clothing? Why do some rock groups and other subcultures dress in camouflage? What aesthetic and sociological explanations are behind this form of display? What is the relationship between an 18th century hunter and a sniper and between Cubism and camouflage? All these questions and more will be answered by a group of international experts gathered together for this symposium.

The museum in Brussels has invited a selection of military uniform experts and costume historians who will speak of their own area of expertise. The panel will include Sarah Scaturro, textile curator of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (New York), Patricia Mears, deputy director of the Museum at FIT (New York), Corinne Thépaut-Cabasset, researcher at the Chateau de Versailles, Martin Markelius, uniform curator of the Army Museum (Stockholm) and Karen Van Godtsenhoven, curator of the MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp.

Symposium: Camouflage takes centre stage
October 13-15 at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels
Full programme and registration at