Professor Shahidha Bari
BiographyShahidha Bari is Professor of Fashion Cultures and Histories at London College of Fashion. She started her career reading English at King’s College Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in poetry and philosophy. Shahidha’s research interests range across the fields of literature, art and film, with special interests in feminism, global fashion, sensory or embodied fashion and phenomenology.
Alongside her academic research, Shahidha is an experienced broadcaster and critic. She is the regular presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme, Free Thinking, and an occasional presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. She presents documentaries on BBC TV, including hosting the topical arts programme, Inside Culture on BBC 2. You can read her reviews in The Observer, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement and Frieze magazine, where she contributes regularly.
She is a trustee of The Brontë Parsonage and Art Night. She has been a judge of The Forward Prizes for Poetry, The Baillie Gifford Non-Fiction Prize and The Booker Prize for Fiction.
Shahidha sits on the editorial boards of New Formations: Journal of Culture, Politics and Theory, and the Fashion Studies journal. She is the occasional host of The Gucci Podcast.
Shahidha welcomes students for MA and PhD research supervision both in the areas of cultural studies, art theory, film and literature, and especially new work in phenomenology, materialism and feminism.
- Bari S. Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes (2019)
Current research students
- Abigail Fine, Dress in Adaptations of Cinderella (Joint supervisor)
- Demetra Kolakis, '[un] Folding Fashion Spaces: Mediatization of Fashion Practices, Materiality and Place.' (Lead supervisor)
- Carla Valois Lobo, In Search of the Female Gaze: Women as Practitioners of Fashion Photography, 1970- Present. (Lead supervisor)
- Touloupe Omoyele, Africa Fashion Week London: An Exploration of African Cultural Identity (Lead supervisor)
- Karley Thompson, How Far Are the Social and Cultural Experiences of Black British Women (Aged 20-35) Made Visible in Their Style-Fashion-Dress Choices in the Period 2015-2021? (Lead supervisor)