Course Director, MA History and Culture of Fashion and MA Fashion Curation
London College of Fashion
London College of Fashion
Shaun Cole is a writer, lecturer and curator, and currently Course Leader for Masters degrees in History and Culture of Fashion and Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion. He was formerly Head of Contemporary Programmes at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he curated several exhibitions, most notably Graphic Responses to AIDS (1996), Dressing the Male (1999) and Black British Style (2004).
He is a trustee of the Costume Society UK and associate editor of the journal Fashion Style and Popular Culture. Shaun Cole has also written and lectured on the subject of menswear and gay fashion and his publications include ‘Don We Now Our Gay Apparel’: Gay Men’s Dress in the Twentieth Century (2000), Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design (2005) and The Story of Men's Underwear (2010).
Cultural Studies, Fashion Studies, Men's Fashion, Gay/Queer Fashion and Style, Subcultural Dress.
My recent research has been specifically interested in issues of sexuality, identity and the clothed male body. I have a continuing interest in the relationship between masculinity and sexual orientation and its expression through dress, fashion and the managed appearance. I am continuing to develop explorations into the role of dress within the formation and expression of gay male identities, initially explored in Don We Now Our Gay Apparel (2000), particularly in the twenty-first century and outside of an Anglo-American framework. I have recently been exploring the representation of tropes of masculinity and use of clothing items in gay pornography.
Continuing with my investigations into the history of men’s underwear in terms of production, consumption and representation manifested in The Story of Men’s Underwear (2010), I have been specifically looking at the changing presentation of the (unclothed) make body and the language used underwear advertising.
Tim Arrowsmith, A biography of black leather and motorcycle practice in post-War British subculture.
Mario Roman, Styling Blokes and Bros; Representations of Fashion, Masculinities and the Nation in Contemporary Photo-spreads of American and British GQ Magazines.
Siri Lindholm, The 'Lolita Excuse': Girl-children, representation and sexualisation.
Cole, Shaun (2015) New Underwear and Notions of Virility in Contemporary Society. In: Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette. Yale University Press, New York and London, pp. 259-263. ISBN 9780300204278
Cole, Shaun (2015) Looking queer? Gay men’s negotiations between masculinity and femininity in style and dress in the twenty-first century. Clothing Cultures, 2 (2). pp. 193-208. ISSN 2050-0742
Cole, Shaun (2014) 'It was always the stories behind the clothes that interested me': An interview with Shonagh Marshall. Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, 2 (1). pp. 123-131. ISSN 2050-0726
Cole, Shaun (2014) Costume or Dress? The Use of Clothing in the Gay Pornography of Jim French's Colt Studio. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture, 18 (2). pp. 123-148. ISSN 1362-704X
Cole, Shaun (2014) Jocks in Jocks: Sportsmen and Underwear Advertising. Critical Studies in Men's Fashion, 1 (2). pp. 161-176. ISSN 2050-070x
Cole, Shaun (2014) Sexuality, Identity and the Clothed Male Body. PhD thesis, University of the Arts London.
Cole, Shaun (2014) The Finer Detail. In: Skinhead: An Archive. Ditto Press, London, 32a
Bartlett, Djurdja and Cole, Shaun and Rocamora, Agnès (2013) Fashion Media: Past and Present. Bloomsbury Academic, London/New York. ISBN 978-0-8578-5307-3
Cole, Shaun (2013) Feels better because it fits better. In: Fashion Media: Past and Present. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9780857853066
Cole, Shaun (2013) The Finer Detail. In: Where Have All the Bootboys Gone? Skinhead Style and Graphic Subcultures. University of the Arts London, London College of Communication.