Fashion theory: Dress, Body and Culture

Published since 2006
Frequency: 4 issues a year
448 pp
Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture is the only journal in Russia with an academic approach to fashion.

In the first few issues, the Dress section is devoted to fashion and l’esprit du temps, fashion shows as performance art, the place of vintage and retro in the world of fashion and a new approach to Soviet styles. Turning to the Body section, readers will find food for thought on topics such as A Slim Body, Parts of the Body in Fashion History, Parts of the Body in Cultural History, and The Body: A Model to Be Assembled. The Culture section will address issues such as the cultural geography of modern cities, fashion writing in fashion magazines and the birth of legends surrounding celebrities.

Every issue of Fashion Theory contains regular columns on The Life of Special Things, Online Fashion and Field Research, as well as reviews for shows and publications. Regular contributors include many well-known Russian and foreign experts such as Valerie Steele, Elisabeth Wilson, Christopher Breward, Caroline Evans, Raisa Kirsanova, Olga Vainshtein, Julia Demidenko, Oksana Gavrishina.

Fashion Theory is part of a large long-term project entitled Everyday Culture, undertaken by the New Literary Observer publishing house. Besides the journal, Everyday Culture includes a book series and regular cultural events. The project aims to broaden traditional views held on culture, its essence and boundaries by showing that such “low” and lowly things as food, drink, smells, fashion, household objects, luxury items and the leisure and entertainment industry are in fact vital components of “high” culture, frequently playing a decisive role in civilisational processes within society.

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