• Rachel Lifter

    Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies


    My research and teaching focus on fashion, feminism, popular culture and popular music. My forthcoming book Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender in the 21st Century (I.B. Tauris) charts transformations in indie music culture in the wake of its intersection with feminine popular fashion culture. I also write about contemporary pop 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. 

    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:

    Forthcoming    Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender in the 21st Century. 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.