Category Archives: Fashion Research

The Diet Regime

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“The Innovator”: Woolmark’s Snappy Video Misses the Mark

I just spent the past 2 years researching wool, so when a friend posted this new video ad from Woolmark, I had to click. And then I had to critique. The video moves through 4 moments of imagined historical innovation. … Continue reading

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

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Erotically materialized Papa Smurf’s costume

“I had never really thought of exploring the concept of eroticizing the Smurfs characters but the more I researched and read about the adult interpretations, I found it quite entertaining.” (www.mensunderwearguy.com) The adult Smurfs image, Tom of Finland Smurfs (left), was created … Continue reading

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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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