Dr Djurdja Bartlett

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Reader in Histories and Cultures of Fashion

London College of Fashion

Biography

Djurdja Bartlett is Reader in Histories and Cultures of Fashion at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. She has widely published and lectured on the theme of fashion during socialism and post-socialism. Bartlett is author of FashionEast: The Spectre that Haunted Socialism (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2010) and editor of the volume on East Europe, Russia and the Caucasus in the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (2010).

Funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship grant, Bartlett’s recent research project took her to seven countries - Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Russia – with aim to explore previously unrecorded, dress-mediated discourse between East Central European and Russian fashion, and its western counterpart throughout the 20th century to the present day. The main outcome of this project will be Bartlett’s new monograph European Fashion Geographies: Style, Society and Politics (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016). 

Bartlett is also Coordinator of the Fashion Media and Imagery Research Hub at the London College of Fashion, in which capacity she co-organized a conference – Fashion Media: Yesterday Today Tomorrow (October 2010), published as an edited book, Fashion Media: Past and Present, Bartlett, D., Cole, S. and Rocamora, A. (eds.), Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.    

Research interests

Relationship between East Central European, Russian, and Western Fashion, socialist fashion, post-socialist fashion and consumption, comparative fashion studies, cultural theory, fashion media.

Research statement

Bartlett's current research is about the relationship between East Central European, Russian, and Western fashion throughout the 20th and 21st century up to today.

By identifying the most important modes of dress-related exchanges, as well as their actors, within wider cultural and artistic cultures, Bartlett’s research has cross-cultural and transnational focus, and aims to contribute to global fashion history.

Bartlett is also engaged in research on fashion media within the wider field of the rise and impact of new technologies on the mediation of fashion. This research is related to Bartlett's role of Coordinator of the LCF’s Fashion Media and Imagery Hub.

Project awards, and grants

Co-investigator: ‘Shanghai: International Fashion City: Past, Present, Future’ (collaborative research project: Donghua University, Shanghai; Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, and London College of Fashion, UAL); June 2014-June 2016  

Principal Investigator: AHRC Research Fellowship ‘Translating Fashion: Eastern Europe, Western Europe’, 1910-2010; September 2012-June 2014

Principal Investigator: Pasold Small Research Grant; October 2011  

Principal Investigator: The British Academy Small Research Grant; September 2009-August 2010  

Students

Sonia-Doris Andras, The Women of Little Paris: Fashion as a Mirror to Society in Bucharest (1919-1939).

Eldina Begic, How to wear utopia: a dress manual for the socialist future.

Babette Radclyffe-Thomas, A decade of Vogue China: Constructing Modern Fashion Identities in a Chinese Fashion Magazine.

Evgenia Tarasova, Social Media and Fashion Consumption in Russia, 2002-12.

Selected research outputs