• Rachel Lifter

    Part-time Lecturer


    My research and teaching focus on fashion, feminism, and popular culture.

    My forthcoming book Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender (I.B. Tauris) explores the intersection of indie music culture and popular fashion in the 21st century, paying particular attention to how gendered identities form at this nexus. I also write about contemporary popular music and some of the people who make it: pop stars, themselves; journalists and critics, who write about them; and stylists, hair stylists, make-up artists and costume designers, who mold their looks. Finally, I have begun a cultural history, exploring the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the fashion industry. 

    I am Reviews and Open Space editor for International Journal of Fashion Studies.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London: Fashion Studies, Concentration in History, Theory and Culture, 2012

    MSc, London School of Economics: Sociology, 2006 

    BA, University of Pennsylvania: German Studies, 2005

    Recent Publications:

    2017    Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender. London; New York: I.B. Tauris. (Forthcoming). 

    2017    “Fashioning pop: Visual cultural producers and the imaging of popular music”. In F. McDowell and L. Armstrong (eds) Fashioning Professionals. London: Bloomsbury. (Forthcoming).

    2014    “Resistance: Why does it still matter?”. Catalogue article accompanying the forthcoming “Clash – Counterculture in Fashion” exhibition at The Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark.

    2014    Review of “Beyoncé: The Visual Album”. In International Journal of Fashion Studies 1 (2): pp. 271-273.

    2013    “Fashioning ‘indie’: The consecration of a subculture and the emergence of ‘stylish’ femininities”. In S. Bruzzi and P. Church Gibson (eds) Fashion Cultures: Theories, Exploration and Analysis. 2nd Edition. London: Routledge: pp. 175-185.