• Rachel Lifter

    Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies


    I am a scholar and educator of fashion in its multiple and intersecting forms: history, art and culture, media, bodily performances of identity, and global industry. My book Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender in the 21st Century (in press with I.B. Tauris) explores transformations in indie music culture in the wake of its intersection with commercial popular fashion in 2005. My new major project, tentatively entitled "The Lost Generation," explores the impact of AIDS epidemic on New York City’s fashion industry in the 1980s. My writing has been published in Fashion Cultures Revisited (Routledge, 2013) and Fashioning Professionals: Identity and Representation at Work in the Creative Industries (Bloomsbury, 2018). 

    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:

    Forthcoming    Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender in the 21st Century. London; New York: I.B. Tauris. (Forthcoming). 

    2018    “Fashioning pop: Visual cultural producers and the imaging of popular music”. In F. McDowell and L. Armstrong (eds) Fashioning Professionals. London: Bloomsbury. 

    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.