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About saratatyana

Sara T. Bernstein, Ph.D. has been writing about and teaching media, cultural and fashion studies for over a decade. She's served as a contributor and reviews editor for the Fashion, Style and Popular Culture Journal, contributed to Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty and published essays on subjects ranging from fashion in the work of Charlotte Bronte, to the meaning of luxury, to feminist pedagogy. She teaches visual culture, media, and fashion studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

The Diet Regime

  This post can now be found on our new site, Dismantle Magazine: Fashion, Popular Culture, Social Change! Check it out here: The Diet Regime: On the History and Politics of Dieting  

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Forever Pretty in Pink: A teen classic turns 30. But is it actually a working-class “woman’s film”?

This post can now be found on our new site, Dismantle Magazine: Fashion, Popular Culture, Social Change! Check it out here:How Pretty in Pink turned a vintage Hollywood genre into something totally 80s  

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What Fashion Scholars Text About When They Text About Fashion

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A Plus in the Sun: The Spatial Politics of Selling Plus-Size Clothes to Women

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Holiday Shopping Edition: On Christmas Movie Miracles, Makeovers and Shopgirls

[Note: Sadly, teaching 4 classes at 2 schools hasn’t left much time for blogging this term. But, in honor of holiday shopping season I thought I’d share this excerpt from my dissertation. The chapter looks at the shifting role of … Continue reading

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Favorite Fall Fashion Links Friday!

I know I’m not the only one who thinks this is the best and the fashion-iest time of year. In Portland, there’s enough of a chill in the air to break out sweaters and boots, but still enough sunshine that … Continue reading

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Labor Day Edition! 10 Narrative Films About Garment Workers (and why there aren’t many more than that)

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Haunted by Prada: Meditation on an Ugly Pink Dress, Beauty, and a Missed Opportunity

This isn’t the post I was going to write next. For one thing, it returns to themes I’ve covered a lot recently. For another, the fall semester starts next week and I have two brand new classes to prep for … Continue reading

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Japanese Fashion Part Two: “Recruit Suits” and Why Boring Fashion Matters

(Editor’s Note: We are very pleased to introduce today’s guest contributor. Annamarie Sasagawa is a PhD candidate in anthropology/global studies at the University of Tokyo.) The inventive side of Japanese fashion is made much of in the West. Christina’s post … Continue reading

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It’s Favorite Fashion Blog Friday!

We’re quickly finding out that one of the biggest perks of running this site is discovering the smart, funny, and insightful things other people are writing about fashion. And we’re using the word in its broadest sense here, because how … Continue reading

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