Dr Anna-Mari Almila

Research Fellow Sociology of Fashion

London College of Fashion

Biography

Anna-Mari Almila holds BA and MA degrees in Art and Design, with the major subject of Clothing, from University of Lapland (Finland), and PhD in Sociology from University of Aberdeen. She also has completed minor subject studies in Social Psychology at University of Helsinki.

She has worked in various professional roles, including as a research assistant for the Healing Wool interdisciplinary research project (University of Lapland), which focussed on designing and testing woollen garments in the treatment of hospitalised patients experiencing chronic pain, as well as in luxury fashion design at KAZU Shop and Atelier in Zurich, Switzerland.

She has taught students of all academic levels, across disciplines such as design, sociology and education. At London College of Fashion she is lecturing social theory for MA students of Journalism, Photography, Media Production, and History and Culture.

Research interests

Cultural sociology of fashion, fashion and space, dress and materiality, Islamic fashion, fashion and social stratification, fashion and social theory, globalisation of fashion, pre-modern fashion, historical sociology of fashion, fashion in late life, sociology of wine.

Research statement

Dr Almila’s research encompasses a variety of topics such as global Islamic fashion, gendered consumption and mediation of food, wine and fashion, and the history of the construction of Fashion Studies.

Her academic interests can be widely located within cultural and historical sociology with a marked stress on theory. Her research is also strongly informed by her background as a practitioner of clothing and fashion design, especially in terms of scholarly considerations of dress and materiality. She seeks to balance the empirical and the theoretical in her work, and firmly believes that both should be informed by the other.

She collaborates across disciplinary boundaries, with scholars working on fields such as sociology, social gerontology and philosophy. She is a board member of the Sociology of Culture research network (European Sociological Association).

She is the author of Veiling in Fashion (2017 in press, IB Tauris) and the editor of The Routledge International Handbook to Veils and Veiling Practices (2017 in press).

Students

Premila Van Ommen. Being Gurkha, Becoming British: Fashion and Creativity of Young Nepali Migrants in Diaspora.

Eleanor Foden. Demythologising the sixties; reappraising the British rock groupie and her relationship to second wave feminism.

Kamaira Anderson.Theorising Hip-Hop Dance in London and Los Angeles through Community, Clothing and Chorus.

Selected research outputs