—the fashion studies journal
The Fashion Studies Journal (FSJ) is a publication that I founded with some of my MA Fashion Studies classmates in 2012 (and which I am incredibly proud of). What began five years ago as a platform for graduate-level writing in the emerging field of fashion studies has since turned into a quarterly online journal, an Instagram, Twitter and growing Facebook community. While in our first years we were a strictly scholarly publication, when we relaunched in September of 2016, we shifted our emphasis away from strictly academic writing. Today, we are here to make connections: between ideas and objects, and between ourselves and the fashion-literate population at-large.
Through critical, thoughtful writing, my co-editors and I seek to carve a space to address current issues facing the contemporary fashion landscape, while simultaneously examining these issues through the lenses of history and theory. As a multivalent practice that embodies not simply concerns of industry and design, but also those pertaining to gender, race, politics, and cultural heritage, fashion undoubtedly merits both a critical and celebratory approach, and it is the goal of FSJ to unwrap, analyze and present fashion to our readers in a way that is both true to its spirit while also discerning of its nuanced nature. Our varied editorial approach – from substantive news reporting to in-depth academically driven essays – is not only geared to offer our readership a novel perspective, but also provides a platform for a wide range of contributors, from emerging academics and journalists, to established practitioners and scholars.
Beyond publishing, FSJ also seeks to break down the "fourth wall" of academic writing by forging real, person-to-person connections through an open peer-review process, but also through events such as our annual Fashion & Spinach dinner series, book clubs, workshops, film screenings, and clothing swaps. Indeed, at its core, FSJ stands as a community for fashion thinkers of all backgrounds, and it is our hope to engage, challenge and inspire our readership to continue building this community and furthering the cause of this common pursuit.
Although I mainly work as Editor-in-Chief for FSJ, I also write occasionally. Here are a few of my more recent pieces:
Fashion Internships: What We've Learned (June 17, 2017)
American Apparel: The Editors Say Goodbye and Good Riddance (February 13, 2017)
Reading the Subversive Stitch on the Eve of the Inauguration (January 20, 2017)
Seeing the Future? The Methods of Trend Forecasting (Issue 2, January 2017)
Notes from the Field: (Ad-)dressing the 67% (November 28, 2016)
The Figure Flattery Farce: Response to Tim Gunn (September 30, 2016)