r some people fashion and luxury seem to gohand in hand, and this may be why so manypeople underestimate the importance of fashionin a cultural context; but by focusing on streetstyle we can see that fashion is in fact part of thehuman condition. This notion is demonstrated veryvisually through the colourful and diverse streetfashions captured in
Shanghai Street Style
(ISBN:9781841505381), the first in Intellect’s Street Styleseries. With over 200 colour photographs capturing‘ordinary people wearing not-so-ordinary clothes’,Fung Chan’s stunning photography of passers-by onShanghai’s bustling streets, coupled with in-depthcommentary and analysis from Toni Johnson Woodsand Vicki Karaminas, showcases the city’s diversebreadth of character that is, quite literally, wornon its sleeves. From the quirky and avant-garde todash-out-of-the-house chic, Shanghai is the prefectstarting-point for our Street Style series, with futuretitles commissioned for Mumbai and Sydney. Turn top. 12 for a fascinating perspective from the authorsof
.2014 will be an exciting year for our fashionportfolio with the launch of three new journals.
Fashion, Style & Popular Culture
(ISSN:20500726) is an exciting and dynamic new platformfor fashion academics and practitioners publishinginnovative scholarship in all aspects of fashion andpopular culture. On p. 2 we interview the editor, Joseph H. Hancock, II, about his vision for the journal,and gain an insight into the world of fashion andpopular culture. We also feature Maria Mackinney-Valentin, one of the contributors for the first issue,with her discussion of subversive beauty ideals incontemporary fashion marketing on p. 6.Following the rise of fashion theory, on aneveryday level, we all understand that our clothes‘say’ something about us, about our times, nation,system of values. Yet clothing is not fashion; clothingis a term derivative from ‘cloth’, to cover the body,whereas fashion alludes to the glamorous, theephemeral and the avant-garde. We wear clothes,but imagine fashion – an unattainable ideal.
(ISSN: 20500742) offers a forum for thediscussion of textiles and their significance in theproduction and consumption of clothing, and thussolicits papers from textile historians, designers anddesign professionals.We also interviewed Andrew Reilly, editor of
Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion
(ISSN: 2050070X),about his new journal and its aims, the importanceof fashion studies, publishing in the field, the ITTAand its mission, and the satisfaction he derives fromwearing bright socks! To read more, turn to p. 36.If this weren’t enough to whet the appetite,there’s also Susan B. Kaiser’s chapter from
Fashion inPopular Culture: Literature, Media and ContemporaryStudies
(ISBN: 9781841507163) on p. 22, offering afascinating reading of Stieg Larsson’s heroine LisbethSalander’s clothing in The Millenium Trilogy. Kaisershows how fashion can, in a very versatile manner,embody and reflect the very soul of a character.Diana Crane reflects on the price of fashioncollectibles at auction in her piece from
CriticalStudies in Fashion & Beauty
(ISSN: 20404417) on p.38, and we’ve also included an extract from CeliaE. Stall-Meadows’
Why Would Anyone Wear That?
Fascinating Fashion Facts
(ISBN: 9781841507279) onp.4.Fashion, alongside films, drama, art and design,is our culture’s mode of expressing itself. Fashionoffers us something to project our identity onto, andover the years it helps build an individual’s as wellas a community’s life story. It is for this reason thatfashion publishing has a natural home at Intellect,and we look forward to pursuing this importantcultural avenue as we grow our portfolio. I hope youwill find this an exciting taste of what’s to come!
Why fashion mattersMasoud YazdaniPublisher and Chairman, Intellect
Fashion is part of the human condition’