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Rachel Lifter


Rachel   Lifter

Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies , Art and Design History and Theory

Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies

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  • Email: lifterr@newschool.edu


  • Rachel’s research expertise is in analyzing fashion as a form of popular culture. In her forthcoming book, Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender (I.B. Tauris), which she developed from her doctoral dissertation, Rachel explores the mainstreaming of indie music culture, focusing on how gender is implicated within this process. Through the analysis of festival fashion, among other themes, she charts how the look associated with indie music culture - skinny jeans and vintage dresses - came to dominate the popular fashion imagination in the 21st century, first in the UK and later in the US. Rachel was most recently Postdoctoral Fellow in Fashion Studies in the School of Art and Design History and Theory. She has taught as lecturer in cultural and historical studies at London College of Fashion, and as adjunct faculty at Central Saint Martins. Her publications include contributions to Fashion Cultures Revisited: Theories, Exploration and Analysis, edited by S. Bruzzi and P. Church Gibson, and the catalogue to the Clash: Resistance in Fashion exhibition, curated by A. Lynge-Jorlén and M. Bank Christoffersen. She is currently Reviews and Open Space editor for International Journal of Fashion Studies.




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