• Rachel Lifter

    Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies


    With a background in social and cultural analysis, I am a scholar and educator of fashion in its multiple and intersecting forms: history, high culture and pop culture, media, bodily performances of identity, and global industry.

    My forthcoming book - Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury) - is about how fashion transformed British indie music culture between 2005 and 2017, creating new ways of being indie, which had little to do with music and more to do with the gendered ideals that dominated twenty-first century British and American popular fashion.

    I am working on three other projects that address in varying ways the themes of identity, cultural value and work: the labor and aesthetic knowledges of pop stylists; the production, regulation and wearing of the USPS mail carrier uniform; and the impact of the AIDS epidemic on New York's fashion industry in the 1980s.

    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). 

    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.