• Rachel Lifter

    Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies

    Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies


    My research and teaching explore the intersections of fashion, feminism, popular culture and cultural studies.

    In my forthcoming book - Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming) - I chart the mainstreaming of indie music culture and explore the feminized popular fashion formation that emerged in its wake. 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

    Professional Affiliations:

    American Studies Association 

    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.