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Dr Djurdja Bartlett

Reader: Histories and Cultures of Fashion
London College of Fashion
Researcher Research
Djurdja  Bartlett


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), editor of the volume on East Europe, Russia and the Caucasus in the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (Berg/Oxford University Press, 2010), as well as co-editor of Fashion Media: Past and Present (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), and editor of Fashion and Politics (London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019) .

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, 2020).

Bartlett was Coordinator of the Fashion Media and Imagery Research Hub at the London College of Fashion (2009-2017), 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.

From 2017 on, Bartlett has been coordinator of Transnational Fashion Hub at LCF, in which capacity she organized an international conference on Fashion and Politics (LCF July 2017), expanded and published as: Bartlett, Djurdja (ed) Fashion and Politics, Yale University Press, 2019.

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 transnational fashion in the global context, closely related to her role of coordinator of Transnational Fashion Hub. Her research interests also encompass fashion media within the wider field of the rise and impact of new technologies on the mediation of fashion.

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Ministry of Education of China, Establishing a Theoretic Framework of Shanghai Fashion
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Translating Fashion: Eastern Europe, Western Europe, 1910-2010, £73,324.00, (2012-2014)
  • British Academy, Dreams and dresses: east European and western fashion, £7,445.00, (2009-2011)

Research Outputs


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Current research students

  • Eldina Begic, How to wear utopia: a dress manual for the socialist future. (Lead supervisor)
  • Yvonne Npiamoah, How can fashion design education aid in Ghana's development? (Joint supervisor)
  • Natasha Vinnikova, Fashion as an indicator of the role of Russian women in society through the lens of Soviet films (Lead supervisor)

Past research students

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