Research Fellow Sociology of Fashion
London College of Fashion
London College of Fashion
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.
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.
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).
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.
Almila, Anna-Mari (2017) Introduction: The Veil across the Globe in Politics, Everyday Life, and Fashion. In: The Routledge International Handbook to Veils and Veiling Practices. Routledge International Handbooks. Routledge, pp. 1-25. ISBN 9781472455369 (In Press)
Almila, Anna-Mari (2017) Veiling, Gender and Space: On the Fluidity of ‘Public’ and ‘Private’. In: The Routledge International Handbook to Veils and Veiling Practices. Routledge International Handbooks . Routledge, pp. 231-245. ISBN 9781472455369 (In Press)
Almila, Anna-Mari (2017) What is ‘Fashion’ Really? The Promise of an Ecumenical Analytic for Fashion Studies and Beyond in a Globalized World. In: Epistemology and Transformation of Knowledge in Global Age. InTech. ISBN 978-953-51-5432-7 (In Press)
Almila, Anna-Mari (2017) Sizes and scales of fashion research: connecting bodies and garments from skin to globality. In: Zonemoda, 3.5.-5.5.2017, Rimini, Italy.
Almila, Anna-Mari (2016) For Sartorial Sociology: On Dress, Materiality, Technology, and Comfort. In: Emergent Culture, 16-18 November 2016, Exeter.
Almila, Anna-Mari (2016) Actor Network Theory and Its Cultural Uses. In: The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Sociology. SAGE, London, pp. 131-143. ISBN 9781446271971
Almila, Anna-Mari (2016) Cultural Sociology of Fashion: On the Sartorial, Symbolic and Social. In: The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Sociology. SAGE, London, pp. 510-526. ISBN 9781446271971
Almila, Anna-Mari (2015) Fashion, Anti-Fashion, Non-Fashion and Symbolic Capital: The Uses of Dress among Muslim Minorities in Finland. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture. ISSN 1362-704X
Almila, Anna-Mari (2015) From pre-modern fashion systems to value illusion today – on fashion and global inequality. In: 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association. Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination., 25-28 August 2015, Prague, Czech Republic.
Almila, Anna-Mari (2015) Fashion Beyond Western Modernity: A Critique of the ‘Non-Western Fashion’ Concept. In: Fashion Tales 2015: Feeding the Imaginary, 18-20.6.2015, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.
Almila, Anna-Mari (2015) Space, Sport and Resistance: negotiating agency and respectability in Muslim women’s sport practices in Finland. In: British Sociological Association's Annual Conference - Societies in Transition: Progression or Regression?, 15 - 17 April 2015, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.
Almila, Anna-Mari and Inglis, David (2014) Who Is Allowed to be Private in Public Space? Veils, Masking and the Rule Violations of Muslim Women in Finland. In: Power, Culture and Economy. European Sociological Association's Sociology of Culture conference, 25-27 August 2014, University of Tampere, Finland.
Almila, Anna-Mari (2014) Hijab as Dress: Muslim Women’s Clothing Strategies in Contemporary Finland. PhD thesis, University of Aberdeen.
Almila, Anna-Mari (2014) Veiling and Visibility in the City: The Hijab and Public Space in Finland. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference, 23-25 April, 2014, Leeds.
Almila, Anna-Mari (2014) Dress, Comfort and Vulnerability: The Intimate Hijab and Religious Habitus. In: Fashion and Its Multi-Cultural Facets. Interdisciplinary Press. ISBN 978-1-84888-309-3