Fashion theory

The importance of studying the body as a site for the deployment of discourses is well-established in a number of disciplines. By contrast, the study of fashion has, until recently, suffered from a lack of critical analysis. Increasingly, however, scholars have recognized the cultural significance of self-fashioning, including not only clothing but also such body alterations as tattooing and piercing. Fashion Theory takes as its starting point a definition of “fashion” as the cultural construction of the embodied identity. It provides an interdisciplinary forum for the rigorous analysis of cultural phenomena ranging from footbinding to fashion advertising.


Valerie Steele, Director, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, USA

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Alexandra Palmer, Royal Ontario Museum, Canada

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Peter McNeil, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

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Rebecca Arnold, Courtauld Institute of Art, UK
Christopher Breward, University of Edinburgh, UK
Patrizia Calefato, University of Bari, Italy
Joanne B. Eicher, University of Minnesota, USA
Caroline Evans, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UK
Akiko Fukai, Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Pamela Golbin, Musée de la Mode et du Textile, France
Susan Kaiser, University of California at Davis, USA
Vicki Karaminas, Massey University, New Zealand
Yuniya Kawamura, Fashion Institute of Technology, USA
Dorothy Ko, Barnard College, Columbia University, USA
Reina Lewis, London College of Fashion, UAL, UK
John S. Major, The China Institute, USA
Peter McNeil, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Patricia Mears, The Fashion Institute of Technology, USA
Alexandra Palmer, Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
Nicole Pellegrin, Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine, CNRS, France
Philippe Perrot, École des Hautes Études, France
Regina A. Root, The College of William and Mary, USA
Simona Segre Reinach, University of Bologna, Italy
Ulinka C. Rublack, University of Cambridge, UK
Lou Taylor, University of Brighton, UK
Efrat Tseëlon, University of Leeds, UK
Olga Vainshtein, Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia
Barbara Vinken, Hamburg University, Germany
Claire Wilcox, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK, and London College of Fashion, UK
Elizabeth Wilson, London College of Fashion, UK



Let’s… Dance!

Balls were an occasion to meet, chat, have fun and… show off! Browse this gallery to find the finest 19th and 20th century creations and toilettes for balls from Europeana Fashion Collection!

Fashion design, woman’s masquerade ball dress. Unknown subject. Watercolour drawing by Jules Helleu, probably for Charles Frederick Worth. Paris, 1860s. Watercolour and pencil drawing. E.22054-1957, 1860, Lûon Sault, Jules Helleu, V&AM.



From tennis ensemble to golf uniforms, browse Europeana Fashion wide collection of historical sportswear and activewear designs!

Dirk Bikkembergs Bedr. Cat. : Dirk Bikkembergs : Collectie (Kledingaccessoires : Schoenen) L/Z 1987 :collection printemps – ete 1987, Photographer: Willame, Luc


Riding habit shirt of linen, fEngland, ca. 1750. Linen, metal. T.27-1969, 1745/1754
Riding habit shirt of linen, fEngland, ca. 1750. Linen, metal. T.27-1969, 1745/1754


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