Featured Site

  • The Vogue Archive Every issue of Vogue, arguably the world's most famous fashion mag, since 1892 (requires subscription).

A Sampling of Online Articles/Videos

  • Camo Chic?. YouTube video of a parody fashion show commenting on the militarization of fashion through such things a camouflage chic.
  • The Ellen Event. Money-grubbing pageantry, or progressive political action? Elayne Rapping thinks it was the latter, and then some.
  • Geek Chic. An exploration of a fashion trend emerging out of digital culture.
  • Thematic Section: Fashion, Market and Materiality. Special section of the online journal Culture Unbound.
  • The Zoot Suit and Style Warfare. “The zoot-suit is more than an exaggerated costume, more than a sartorial statement, it is the bearer of a complex and contradictory history.”

Fashion Sites And Online Magazines


[Few topics on popular culture can be adequately researched on the web alone. These reading suggestions are designed as beginning points for further offline study.]

Barthes, Roland. The Fashion System. London: Jonathan Cape, 1983.
Classic, complicated study of how the world of high fashion industry uses “fabric texts” and words to create an abstract world of fashionableness that must at once always change and always stay the same.
Bruzzi Stella, and, Patricia Church Gibson, eds. Fashion Cultures: Theories, Explorations, and Analysis. London; New York: Routledge, 2000.
Excellent collection of essays on all aspects of the social meanings of fashion. Gives a fine sense of the range of approaches currently used to study the cultural functions of fashion in many different contexts.
Craik, Jennifer. The Face of Fashion: Cultural Studies in Fashion. London; New York: Routledge, 1993.
Provides an excellent overview of a cultural studies approach to the meanings of fashion.
Crane, Diana. Fashion and Its Social Agendas: Class, Gender, and Identity in Clothing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.
From 19th century France to modern America, traces how fashion has shaped and been shaped by changes in class, and gender relations.
Entwistle, Joanne. The Fashioned Body: Fashion, Dress, and Modern Social Theory. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2000.
Rich study of historical and contemporary fashion, and the ways that fashion constructs identity.
Malossi, Giannino, ed. Material Man: Masculinity, Sexuality, Style. New York: H.N. Abrams, 2000.
Wide-ranging collection of essays on the cultural meanings of men's dress across history, cultures, class, and race.
Rabinowitz, Paula, and Cristina Giorgelli, eds. Accessorizing the Body: Habits of Being, Vol 1. University of Minnesota Press, 2011.
---. Exchanging Clothes: Habits of Being, Vol. 2. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
---. Fashioning the 19th Century: Habits of Being, Vol. 3. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
---. Extravagances: Habits of Being, Vol. 4 University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
Rabinowitz and Giorgelli have gathered together four superb volumes, offering a rich set of social analyses of fashion historically in and in the present.
Ross, Andrew. No Sweat: Fashion, Free Trade and the Rights of Garment Workers. New York: Verso, 1997.
Excellent collection of articles on the exploitation often involved in the production of high and popular fashion.

Some Appropriately Lovely Fashion/Designer Websites (courtesy of AWWARDS)