Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty (Journal)

ISSN 20404417 , ONLINE ISSN 20404425

Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty (CSFB) engages analytically, critically and creatively with fashion and/or beauty. It aims to challenge issues such as a) the conflation of fashion and beauty, b) the exclusion of masculinities, people of colour, older adults, differentially abled individuals, and queer and transgender subjectivities in fashion and/or beauty discourse and c) the blurring of distinct fashion and/or beauty industries. The journal seeks to foster more diverse and inclusive ways of understanding the field and to propel fresh theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of fashion.



Editors

Susan B. Kaiser
University of California, Davis, USA
sbkaiser@ucdavis.edu

Anneke Smelik
Radboud University, the Netherlands
anneke.smelik@ru.nl

Associate Editors

Satarupa Bhattacharya
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Delhi, India
satarupabhattacharya00@gmail.com

Denise N. Green
Cornell University, USA
dng22@cornell.edu

Chamutal Leket
Book Reviews Editor, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
leketc@gmail.com

Michael Mamp
Central Michigan University, USA
mamp1me@cmich.edu

Kelly Reddy-Best
Iowa State University, USA
klrb@iastate.edu

Annamari Vänskä
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Aalto University, Finland
annamari.vanska@aalto.fi

Founding Editor

Efrat Tseëlon
University of Leeds, UK
e.tseelon@leeds.ac.uk

Aims & Scope

Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty (CSFB) engages analytically, critically and creatively with fashion and/or beauty. At times lumped together conceptually into ‘the fashion-beauty complex’, this journal acknowledges the problems associated with collapsing these terms, such as: (a) the conflation of fashion and beauty, concepts which encompass varying degrees and types of agency, change and dynamism; (b) the implicit reinforcement of white hegemonic femininity (and hence, the exclusion of masculinities, people of colour, older adults, differentially abled individuals, and queer and transgender subjectivities); and (c) the blurring of distinct industries. At the same time, the body is the centrepiece of fashion and beauty alike – in cultural representation as well as in everyday life. CSFB seeks to foster more diverse and inclusive ways of understanding the embodiment of aesthetics and politics. It does so by dismantling hegemonic assumptions and propelling fresh theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of fashion and/or beauty.

Submissions

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Editors

Susan B. Kaiser
University of California, Davis, USA
sbkaiser@ucdavis.edu

Anneke Smelik
Radboud University, the Netherlands
anneke.smelik@ru.nl

Associate Editors

Satarupa Bhattacharya
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Delhi, India
satarupabhattacharya00@gmail.com

Denise N. Green
Cornell University, USA
dng22@cornell.edu

Chamutal Leket
Book Reviews Editor, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
leketc@gmail.com

Michael Mamp
Central Michigan University, USA
mamp1me@cmich.edu

Kelly Reddy-Best
Iowa State University, USA
klrb@iastate.edu

Annamari Vänskä
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Aalto University, Finland
annamari.vanska@aalto.fi

Founding Editor

Efrat Tseëlon
University of Leeds, UK
e.tseelon@leeds.ac.uk

Editors

Susan B. Kaiser
University of California, Davis, USA
sbkaiser@ucdavis.edu

Anneke Smelik
Radboud University, the Netherlands
anneke.smelik@ru.nl

Associate Editors

Satarupa Bhattacharya
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Delhi, India
satarupabhattacharya00@gmail.com

Denise N. Green
Cornell University, USA
dng22@cornell.edu

Chamutal Leket
Book Reviews Editor, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
leketc@gmail.com

Michael Mamp
Central Michigan University, USA
mamp1me@cmich.edu

Kelly Reddy-Best
Iowa State University, USA
klrb@iastate.edu

Annamari Vänskä
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Aalto University, Finland
annamari.vanska@aalto.fi

Founding Editor

Efrat Tseëlon
University of Leeds, UK
e.tseelon@leeds.ac.uk

Editors

Susan B. Kaiser
University of California, Davis, USA
sbkaiser@ucdavis.edu

Anneke Smelik
Radboud University, the Netherlands
anneke.smelik@ru.nl

Associate Editors

Satarupa Bhattacharya
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Delhi, India
satarupabhattacharya00@gmail.com

Denise N. Green
Cornell University, USA
dng22@cornell.edu

Chamutal Leket
Book Reviews Editor, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
leketc@gmail.com

Michael Mamp
Central Michigan University, USA
mamp1me@cmich.edu

Kelly Reddy-Best
Iowa State University, USA
klrb@iastate.edu

Annamari Vänskä
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Aalto University, Finland
annamari.vanska@aalto.fi

Founding Editor

Efrat Tseëlon
University of Leeds, UK
e.tseelon@leeds.ac.uk

General Call for Papers Download

Special Issue: ‘Transgender Embodiment in Fashion and Beauty’ Download


General Call for Papers 

The Field
Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty employs a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary theories and methods to understand: (a) how and why people appear as they do in everyday life and communicate with others in the process of doing so, (b) the materials and products they use to fashion their appearances and (c) the labour and conditions associated with the creation and distribution of the materials and products used to style, dress and fashion diverse bodies in everyday life. The journal invites critical and creative, disciplinary and interdisciplinary and international perspectives on studies of fashion and/or beauty – locating these within their larger cultural and theoretical contexts, and interrogating their ideological underpinnings. Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty favours contributions that combine theoretical and methodological rigour.

The Journal
The journal invites critical and creative, disciplinary and interdisciplinary, and international perspectives on studies of fashion and/or beauty. Authors are invited to locate these within their larger cultural and theoretical contexts, and interrogate their ideological underpinnings: for example, deconstructing limiting (e.g., binary-gendered, oppositional, racialized assumptive, aged-associative) ways of knowing.

We are especially interested in papers that offer fresh perspectives on age-old questions regarding structure and agency, for example:

  • how the body interfaces with aesthetic, cultural, economic, and social politics that become inextricably intertwined with issues of appearance, class, dis/ability, ethnicity, gender, generation/age, race, religion, sexuality, and other subject positions;
  • how individuals resist structurally institutionalized constraints and express their own subjectivities despite such constraints;
  • how individuals articulate agency through expressions of appearance style, using the materials (e.g., textiles, clothes, accessories, beauty products) at hand; 
  • how local communities negotiate identities through style in the global economy.

We are open to all innovative research in this field, and are especially interested in papers that offer fresh perspectives that challenge hegemonic and colonial discourses and structures that have historically limited understandings of fashion and beauty. We encourage submissions that foster representation from diverse age, class, cultural, ethnic, gender, geographic and sexual perspectives

Papers should be submitted online at https://www.intellectbooks.com/critical-studies-in-fashion-beauty. Prospective authors are welcome to contact the Editors in advance of submission (sbkaiser@ucdavis.edu and a.smelik@let.ru.nl). 

CSFB welcomes book reviews of between 1000–1200 words. Enquiries regarding Book Reviews should be sent to the Book Reviews Editor, Chamutal Leket, at leketc@gmail.com

Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.

Special Issue Call for Papers 

Special Issue: ‘Transgender Embodiment in Fashion and Beauty’

Deadline for abstracts: 15 July 2022

Notification of abstracts: 30 July 2022

Deadline for full articles: 6 January 2023

Over the past ten years, there have been several fashion exhibitions that have looked at garments designed and worn to unsettle normative gender codes. The number of research articles on queer styles of dressing focusing on the experiences of designers, vendors, and (more rarely) wearers has increased exponentially; and collaborations between fashion brands and queer artists, activists, and thinkers (as is the well-known case of Gucci and Paul Preciado) have emerged in the public domain. Additionally, more and more trans, genderqueer and nonbinary models are walking the runway of major international shows and becoming ‘the face’ of luxury brands, and fashion media outlets have been prompt to capitalize on gender-inclusive discourse to rebrand themselves as neoliberal bastions of progressive cultural production. Within critical fashion studies, however, there is still an absence of scholarship on the politics of representation and the embodied sartorial experiences of trans folks. The field is also proving slow in engaging and keeping up with the important theorizing on the dressed body produced within trans studies. This special issue seeks to provide a cogent corrective to such critical silence. It, thus, purports to: a) highlight how transgender and gender nonconforming people from multiple contexts have been using the sartorial to intimately reckon with their subjectivity, foster affective bonds and kinship within their communities, and/or develop aestheticpolitical imaginings of a queer future; and b) expose how transness has been narrated in fashion and beauty discourses produced across different decades, geographical sites and media outlets.

Submissions are encouraged that explore trans sartorial embodiment informed by trans and queer theory, including, but not limited to:

• Discursive and visual representation of transness in fashion and beauty media (e.g. fashion periodicals, zines, weeklies, glossies, blogs, newsletters, social media platforms and YouTube channels with a focus on fashion or beauty)

• Participation in the fashion and beauty industries by transgender creatives, whose lives and work have been omitted or sidelined by mainstream fashion history

• The uses and meanings of ‘transgender’, ‘transsexual’, ‘transvestite’, ‘travesti’ and ‘cross-dresser’ in fashion and beauty discourses across temporal, linguistic and transnational boundaries

• Transgender fashion collectives and the political uses of clothing within trans activism

• The sartorial legacies of iconic trans figures in queer history

• Wardrobe stories and personal fashion archives

• Fashioning and costuming in trans artistic performance and filmmaking

• Trans fashion pedagogies: teaching fashion from a trans perspective and/ or teaching fashion in the queer and trans studies classroom

We encourage in particular submissions that look at trans fashion stories from the Global South and contributions that pay attention to the relation of transness to Blackness, Indigeneity and whiteness, as well as to racist, colonialist and heteropatriarchal ideologies in the fashion and beauty systems. We are also open to contributions that incorporate more experimental and artistic forms of writing into the academic essay.

Please submit a 250-word outline of your proposal, followed by a brief (max 150 words) author bio by 15 July 2022 to roberto.filippello@ubc.ca and erique@u.northwestern.edu. If you have questions or ideas you want to share with the editors of the special issue in advance, please do not hesitate to reach out.

 

Editors

Susan B. Kaiser
University of California, Davis, USA
sbkaiser@ucdavis.edu

Anneke Smelik
Radboud University, the Netherlands
anneke.smelik@ru.nl

Associate Editors

Satarupa Bhattacharya
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Delhi, India
satarupabhattacharya00@gmail.com

Denise N. Green
Cornell University, USA
dng22@cornell.edu

Chamutal Leket
Book Reviews Editor, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
leketc@gmail.com

Michael Mamp
Central Michigan University, USA
mamp1me@cmich.edu

Kelly Reddy-Best
Iowa State University, USA
klrb@iastate.edu

Annamari Vänskä
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Aalto University, Finland
annamari.vanska@aalto.fi

Founding Editor

Efrat Tseëlon
University of Leeds, UK
e.tseelon@leeds.ac.uk

Editorial Board

Nazlı Alimen
Birmingham City University, UK

Oluwakemi Balogun
University of Oregon, USA

Jay McCauley Bowstead
London College of Fashion, UK

Daniëlle Bruggeman
ArtEZ University of the Arts, the Netherlands

Nina Cole
Stanford University, USA

Maxine Craig
University of California, Davis, USA

Jeannine Diego
Institute of Critical Studies, Mexico

Vanessa Gerrie
Massey University Wellington, New Zealand

Sarah Gilligan
Northumbria University, UK

Catherine Glover
Northumbria University, UK

Aida Hurtado
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Kimberly Jenkins
Ryerson University, Canada

Heike Jenß
Parsons School of Design, The New School, USA

Petra Krpan
Zagreb University, Croatia

Kyoko Koma
Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

Giselinde Kuipers
University of Leuven, Belgium

Yoo Jin Kwon
Korean National Open University, Korea

Wessie Ling
London Metropolitan University, UK

Brent Luvaas
Drexel University, USA

Marie Riegels Melchior
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Christina Moon
Parsons School of Design, The New School, USA

Monica Titton
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria

Alessandra Vaccari
Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy

Sophie Woodward
University of Manchester, UK

Juanjuan Wu
University of Minnesota, USA

Advisory Board

Ben Barry
Parsons School of Design, The New School, USA

Hazel Clark
Parsons School of Design, The New School, USA

Jennifer Craik
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Joanne Entwistle
King’s College London, UK

Reina Lewis
London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK

Simona Segre Reinach
University of Bologna, Italy

Carol Tulloch
Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London, UK

Editors

Susan B. Kaiser
University of California, Davis, USA
sbkaiser@ucdavis.edu

Anneke Smelik
Radboud University, the Netherlands
anneke.smelik@ru.nl

Associate Editors

Satarupa Bhattacharya
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Delhi, India
satarupabhattacharya00@gmail.com

Denise N. Green
Cornell University, USA
dng22@cornell.edu

Chamutal Leket
Book Reviews Editor, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
leketc@gmail.com

Michael Mamp
Central Michigan University, USA
mamp1me@cmich.edu

Kelly Reddy-Best
Iowa State University, USA
klrb@iastate.edu

Annamari Vänskä
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Aalto University, Finland
annamari.vanska@aalto.fi

Founding Editor

Efrat Tseëlon
University of Leeds, UK
e.tseelon@leeds.ac.uk

 
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Editors

Susan B. Kaiser
University of California, Davis, USA
sbkaiser@ucdavis.edu

Anneke Smelik
Radboud University, the Netherlands
anneke.smelik@ru.nl

Associate Editors

Satarupa Bhattacharya
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Delhi, India
satarupabhattacharya00@gmail.com

Denise N. Green
Cornell University, USA
dng22@cornell.edu

Chamutal Leket
Book Reviews Editor, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
leketc@gmail.com

Michael Mamp
Central Michigan University, USA
mamp1me@cmich.edu

Kelly Reddy-Best
Iowa State University, USA
klrb@iastate.edu

Annamari Vänskä
Exhibition Reviews Editor, Aalto University, Finland
annamari.vanska@aalto.fi

Founding Editor

Efrat Tseëlon
University of Leeds, UK
e.tseelon@leeds.ac.uk

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