Studies in Communication Sciences, Special Issue: Fashion Communication

Studies in Communication Sciences, Special Issue: Fashion Communication

Fashion Communication includes communicating the brands, designers, and clothes, while reaching potential customers through media channels.

In recent years, digital media channels (e.g. own website of the brands, mobile applications) have started to play a major role in the fashion communication domain. Beside official communications, also single users/laypeople are co-creating through web2.0 tools the image and reputation of brands, and shaping the very concept of what is fashionable (and what is not). Social media systems are also used by famous bloggers, celebrities, and social media influencers, who are helping companies to communicate in new ways.

Moreover, companies have now the opportunity to better “listen” to their clients and prospects, not only studying their reviews and comments, but also following them during their daily activities – and outfits – through images published on social networks.
Also the fashion media environment is facing major changes: traditional magazines are also becoming eCommerce platforms, eCommerce platforms launch their own media, and fashion bloggers are becoming fashion brands...

The aim of this special issue is to promote new theoretical and empirical interdisciplinary research on how various communication practices impact upon fashion industry and on societal fashion-related practices and values. A more explicit recognition of the role played by communication in fashion could offer new and exciting directions for research and may help better understanding the actual needs of the market in order to enhance practices within the sector.

All types of research are invited for the application, including empirical/case studies, evaluation/impact studies, assessments, ePortfolios, etc. 

Theory development: adaptations of existing theoretical frameworks to better explain how communication formats work in the fashion domain, and measurement issues of the new formats of fashion communication are especially invited.

The major topics of interest focus on communication aspects in the fashion domain. They include but are not limited to:

  • Visual communication in fashion

  • Media in fashion

  • Fashion communication in the retail environment

  • Corporate communication in the fashion domain

  • Fashion brands and communication with consumers (e.g. management of consumer


  • Digital fashion communication (e.g. digital media channels, blogging, User Generated

    Contents, online reputation)

  • Fashion shows as a communication object

All contributions should be innovative and should advance the knowledge base of related fields.

Article format

The length of papers in this special issue should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words (including abstract, footnotes and references).

Key dates

Full papers are required no later than Notification of Acceptance will be provided by Final papers should be submitted by

31 January 2018 31 March 2018 31 May 2018

Submitted papers will go through a double-blind peer-review process.

For further inquiries, please, contact

Nadzeya Kalbaska, PhD
Institute of Communication Technologies USI – Università della Svizzera italiana Lugano, Switzerland 

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FSJ Special Issue: The Fashion Industry

FSJ Special Issue: The Fashion Industry

 Academic studies of fashion and dress are often held apart from the industry in which fashion is produced and consumed. Moreover, academic studies of fashion tend to favor fashion as a creative terrain, rather than a commercial one, and as such, tend to take a negative or overly critical view of the business of fashion. While there certainly is much to be critiqued (from labor exploitation to sustainability and beyond), without the industry, there would be very little for us to study!

At The Fashion Studies Journal, we’ve always been interested in bridging gaps between theory and practice on the one hand, and academia and business on the other. In a special issue we’re launching this fall, however, we’re going to look even more closely at these intersections through essays, reflections, visual and multimedia pieces, and anything else you can dream up about The Industry. 

Do you have a unique take on the experience of working in the fashion business? Has your research brought you insights into its global nature or the peculiarities of the supply chain? Can you tell an off-the-beaten path tale of finding success or meaning amid the industry’s demands? Thoughts on how creativity lives or dies under pressure or restriction? Evidence of changing practices with respect to diverse representations (or a lack thereof)? Predictions about the future of fashion production? Perspectives on trade shows and the less glamorous side of how the industry runs? Behind-the-scenes how-the-sausage-is-made intrigue? We guarantee anonymity if requested!

While we always encourage honesty, we’d like to balance the typical (and necessary) critiques of the industry as a problem with some evidence of the good that exists within it. It can’t be all bad, can it? You tell us!

We’re looking for pitches OR finished papers to be submitted by September 30, 2017. If submitting a pitch, please provide a link or writing sample that accurately represents your work. Send all submissions and inquiries to

While we recommend looking at our past issues to get a sense of our tone and style, please don’t be overly concerned with fitting your pitch into one of our usual columns or sections. For the Special Issue, we may sort content differently and will accept submissions based on interest rather than applicability to our standard categories.

We regret that FSJ is not yet able to offer compensation to writers who publish with us. It remains our most treasured goal and motivator!

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Fashion and the Russian Revolution
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Fashion and the Russian Revolution

From Historie de Mode:

To celebrate the centenary of the 1917 Russian revolution, the #SemMode is teaming up with Waleria Dorogova to organize, on the 22 December 2017, a special session on Fashion and the Russian Revolution. We’re looking for historians, researchers, students, and curators who who would be interested in presenting in Paris on the following topics:

  • Russian émigrés who opened fashion houses in Paris after 1917, or who worked in the fashion industry (embroidery, tailoring, etc.)
  • Russian émigrés who worked in the Parisian fashion press (engravers, illustrators, journalists, photographers, etc)
  • The artistic and cultural influence of Russian émigrés on Parisian couture and vice-versa, including the contribution of émigrés to culture of fashion between 1917 and 1925

If you would like to present, or know someone who has worked on these topics, please send us an e-mail at We regret that we will not be able to fund travel or lodging costs.

(Photograph: Irina Yusupova (owner of Irfé couture), Edward Steichen, 1924, private collection)

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Passing: Fashion in American Cities

Passing: Fashion in American Cities

The idea of ‘passing’ and the issues it raises in relation to contemporary and historical notions of self-fashioning and identities is of central importance in a period of political, social and cultural upheaval.  The notion of passing also speaks to current discrimination and civil rights issues, and this conference seeks to examine the ways dress has been used to ‘pass’, to negotiate, resist and refuse contemporary prejudice, discrimination and status and beauty ideals.  We aim to explore dress, the body and the idea of ‘becoming’ – in relation to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class, with the city as a key locus for attempts to outwit social and cultural mores through the artful deployment of dress.

We welcome proposals that discuss actual dress, as well as its visual representation, with focus on the Americas as a diverse geographical zone in which growing urban centres and mass immigration have hot-housed conformity and, in turn, its resistance.

The conference seeks to highlight and interrogate this important aspect of urban self-fashioning to understand its place within dress practices and visual culture, and to develop analysis of its place within American social life.

Submission process: Please submit abstracts of 150-200 words in English, along with a short biography of approximately 100 words to by 29 September 2017.

Organised by Rebecca Arnold, Senior Lecturer in History of Dress & Textiles and David Peters Corbett, Professor of American Art, Director, Centre for American Art.

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Fashion Objects in Globalizing Contexts: Dressing Bodies, Cultures, and Nations (ACLA 2018)
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Fashion Objects in Globalizing Contexts: Dressing Bodies, Cultures, and Nations (ACLA 2018)

From the American Comparative Literature Association

Fashion objects are intimately connected with corporeal, cultural, social, and gender experiences, as well as the economies of fashioning and re-fashioning across places and times. Items of clothing reflect the priorities of local and international economies, political agendas, and national identities, in addition to collective and personal inclinations. Fashion objects are highly charged cultural instruments animated by cross-cultural and transnational flows that actively participate in the social world and cultural history.

This seminar seeks to explore the centrality of fashion objects (garments, accessories, jewelry, textiles, fashion dolls, etc.), examining the way they shape cultural attitudes, cross borders, and influence national politics in global, colonial, and post-colonial contexts, ranging from ancient to contemporary times. It aims to bring together scholars from different disciplines and interests, providing an opportunity for the exchange of new ideas and cross-cultural research that both challenges and exceeds boundaries traditionally considered in the study of fashion and material culture studies.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following themes: 

- Cross-cultural practices and patterns of dress and/or body adornment

- Production and distribution of clothing (across cultures, entangled, comparative)

- Transnational identities shaped by global consumerism

- Gendered and ethnic shaping of dress and dress practice

- Politics of dress in colonial, post-colonial, and globalizing contexts

- Circulation and re-use of items of clothing across time and space

- The role of garments in colonies or contact zones

- Appropriation/acculturation of designs, materials, and motifs

- Decoration, adornment, and modification of the body in globalizing networks

- Fashion objects and global fetishism

- Representations of clothing cultures in fiction, film, popular culture, and visual arts

Papers that investigate the global circulation of fashion objects from an innovative and interdisciplinary way are especially encouraged. Please submit 200-300 word abstracts via the ACLA portal, and direct all questions to Inés Corujo-Martín ( and Agata Zborowska (

The seminar will be held during the annual ACLA conference at UCLA, March 29-April 1, 2018.

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