Fashion: History, Theory, Curation and Film

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Image: Alexander McQueen, Dante collection, A/W 1996
Image: Alexander McQueen, Dante collection, A/W 1996 (Isabella Blow Collection)

This interdisciplinary group of researchers specialise in twentieth-century and contemporary fashion.

Based in central London, the research group has international links to universities, museums and industry worldwide. Its researchers work on fashion in relation to a wide range of topics including gender, everyday life, gothic studies, literature, performance, queer theory, representation, sexuality and social class. Rooted in the humanities, their work spans social history, gender studies, art, design and film history, curation, and visual, literary and material culture studies.

Their approach to the history and theory of fashion is informed by the art school context in which they work, with its close links to the fashion degree courses at Central Saint Martins on which they teach: the Fashion History and Theory pathway of BA Fashion Communication, and the Fashion Critical Studies pathway of MA Fashion Communication. On the latter, students consider the social, political, cultural and economic role of fashion in its various local and global contexts.

The group welcomes PhD applications on fashion in the following areas: history, theory, curation, photography, film and moving image, literary, material and visual culture.

Research group convenor: Professor Caroline Evans 

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