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Pamela
Church-Gibson

Job title
Reader in Cultural and Historical Studies
College name
London College of Fashion
Email address
p.church-gibson@fashion.arts.ac.uk
 Pamela Church-Gibson

Biography


Pamela Church Gibson is Reader in Cultural and Historical Studies at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. She has published extensively on film, fashion, fandom, history and heritage; recent books include Fashion Cultures Revisited: Theories, Explorations, Analysis (with Stella Bruzzi, Routledge, 2013) and Fashion and Celebrity Culture (Bloomsbury, 2012). 

She is the Principal Editor of the journal Film, Fashion & Consumption, which she founded in 2012. In the same year, she hosted the first conference of the European Popular Culture Association and became its first President.

She is now editing a new series for Edinburgh University Press and has concurrently begun a new monograph for the same press, on the screen spies of the 1960s and their impact on images of masculinity past and present. 

She is also embarking on a collaborative and interdisciplinary research project, which will involve heritage and history, cities and consumption, music and spectacle.     

Research


Research Interests

Film and fashion, history and heritage, gender and spectacle, cities and consumption.

Research Statement

I set up the only MA programme in Fashion and Film four years ago and I was subsequently asked to edit a peer-reviewed journal covering this area, and the first issue of Film, Fashion & Consumption appeared in March 2011. I am the Principal Editor, and three issues of this journal will now be published in the course of each calendar year. I have also been asked to help inaugurate The European Popular Culture Association, backed by the PCA in America; the first conference was held at London College of Fashion in July 2012.

Since the successful conclusion of Shopping Routes, the interdisciplinary ESRC–funded joint project within the Cultures of Consumption programme that involved London College of Fashion, Royal Holloway and the V&A, I have continued my own interdisciplinary research. My new book, Fashion & Celebrity Culture (Berg 2011) explores the complex new relationships within contemporary visual culture. I argue that the developments of the last decade around celebrity culture and luxury brands have altered not only the workings of fashion, but have created more radical changes. The conventional ‘star system‘ of film studies has disappeared, while outside the traditional remit of 'popular culture', the operation of the art world has been reconfigured. I have since published two essays on the ‘celebrification’ of the art world, one in Germany (2011) and the second in Italy (2011). 

I will pursue my interdisciplinary work through new collaborations with partner institutions; discussions with partners in China and the US, as well as the UK, are now in progress.

Research Outputs

  • Pornostyle: Sexualised Dress and the Fracturing of Feminism - Church Gibson, Pamela (2014) Pornostyle: Sexualised Dress and the Fracturing of Feminism. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture, 18 (2). pp. 189-206. ISSN 1362-704X (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/7228/)
  • Revisiting dirty looks - Church Gibson, Pamela and Kirkham, Neil (2014) Revisiting dirty looks. Porn Studies, 1 (1-2). ISSN 2326-8751 (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/6483/)
  • Let them Go Shopping: Marie Antoinette Moves from Page to Screen - Church Gibson, Pamela (2014) Let them Go Shopping: Marie Antoinette Moves from Page to Screen. In: Fashionable Queens: Body - Power - Gender. Austrian Studies in English, 103 . Peter Lang, Frankfurt, pp. 145-160. ISBN 978-3-631-64447-8 (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8013/)
  • Fashion Cultures Revisited: Theories, Explorations and Analysis - Church Gibson, Pamela and Bruzzi, Stella (2013) Fashion Cultures Revisited: Theories, Explorations and Analysis. 2nd ed . Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415680066 (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/6513/)
  • Dressing and undressing in Dirty Dancing: consumption, gender and visual culture in the 1980s - Church Gibson, Pamela (2013) Dressing and undressing in Dirty Dancing: consumption, gender and visual culture in the 1980s. In: The Time of Our Lives: Dirty Dancing and Popular Culture. Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media . Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan, pp. 105-124. ISBN 9780814336243 (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/4696/)
  • ‘Tutte e marchio’: Excess, Performativity and Masquerade - Church Gibson, Pamela and Hill, Andrew (2013) ‘Tutte e marchio’ : Excess , Performativity and Masquerade. In: The British Film Industry in the 1970s: Capital, Culture and Creativity. Springer, London, pp. 263-269. ISBN 1137305924 (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/10474/)
  • Fashion and celebrity culture - Church Gibson, Pamela (2012) Fashion and celebrity culture. Berg Publishers, London. ISBN 9781847883858 (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/4693/)
  • New alliances: the art world, the fashion house and new shapes in stardom - Church Gibson, Pamela (2012) New alliances: the art world, the fashion house and new shapes in stardom = Nuove alleanze: mondo dell'arte, case di moda e celebrità. In: Moda e arte. Produrre cultura creare comunicazione del Centro per lo studio della moda e della produzione culturale. Franco Angeli, Milan, Italy. ISBN 9788856848861 (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/4695/)
  • Fashion, art and celebrity at the biennale; catwalk, collecting and the power of the luxury brand - Church Gibson, Pamela (2011) Fashion, art and celebrity at the biennale; catwalk, collecting and the power of the luxury brand. In: Look at Me: Celebrity Culture at the Venice Art Biennale. Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Nurnberg, Germany. ISBN 9783869841779, 386984177X (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/4694/)
  • Millennial masculinity: conflict and denial in contemporary visual culture - Church Gibson, Pamela (2009) Millennial masculinity: conflict and denial in contemporary visual culture. Russian Fashion Theory (The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture). pp. 40-62. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/5772/)

Students


  • Liza Betts - The intricacy of the ordinary and the complexity of the everyday; their translation into screen costume.
  • Tim Arrowsmith - A biography of black leather and motorcycle practice in post-War British subculture.
  • Lorraine Henry - Good Guys in Black; Costume & Ethnicity in Hollywood.
  • Siri Lindholm, - The 'Lolita Excuse': Girl-children, representation and sexualisation.
  • Lucie RussellWHAT I SEE I OWN? Can fashion/media body images via the process of drawing be re-appropriated to positive effect as part of the creation - of a social innovation design tool that can be accessed or shared with groups to question negative body image/s and to build well-being and “body confidence”?
  • Nichola-Jane Hodgkinson (Stevenson) - Nostalgia and the Now: Does anachronism in film costume have validity as part of the dialogue between Film Costume and Fashion? Has it earned its place in the Curation of Fashion History?
  • Ann Bailey - Fashion and the Professional Football Player: The Practice and Consumption of Particular Forms of Male Dress and its Representations 1950-1985.
  • Neil Kirkham - Simple Pornographers? The Marquis de Sade and the Evolution of the hard-core Pornographic Film Narrative.