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Professor Shahidha Bari

Professor in Fashion Cultures and Histories
London College of Fashion
Researcher Research
Shahidha  Bari


Shahidha 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, psychoanalysis 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. You can read her reviews in The Observer, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement and Frieze magazine, where she contributes regularly.

Shahidha sits on the editorial boards of New Formations: Journal of Culture, Politics and Theory, and the Fashion Studies journal. She is a member of the advisory group at the Royal Institute and was a trustee of the educational charity, Arts Emergency.

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.

Research Outputs


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)
  • Karley Thompson, How is Style and Dress Adopted by Black British Women to Signal the Process of ‘Becoming’? (Lead supervisor)