You Should Be Reading: The Impact of Fashion Magazines


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Here are some journal articles relatively hot off the press that you should consider adding to your reading list:

1. Lynge-Jorlén, Ane. 2012. “Between Frivolity and Art: Contemporary Niche Fashion Magazines.” Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, Volume 16, Number 1, March 2012 , pp. 7-28.

“The central aim of this article is to explore contemporary niche fashion magazines, their underpinning values, and their position in the field of fashion.” –Excerpt from article abstract

2. Romano, Alexis. 2012. “Elle and the Development of Stylisme in 1960s Paris.” Costume, Volume 46, Number 1, 2012 , pp. 75-91.

 This essay is an extended version of a paper presented at the Costume Society’s Annual Symposium in Leeds in July 2010. In it, the author questions how  new depictions of stylisme in 1960s Elle magazines served to improve consumers’ ideas on ready-to-wear clothing in an industry previously fuelled by haute couture.

3. Sypeck, Mia Foley  and James J. Gray, Anthony H. Ahrens. “No longer just a pretty face: Fashion magazines’ depictions of ideal female beauty from 1959 to 1999.” International Journal of Eating Disorders, Volume 36, Issue 3, pages 342–347, November 2004.

This paper analyzes cover models appearing on the four most popular American fashion magazines from 1959-1999  to support the changing  ideals of feminine beauty. The authors also connect the printed media depictions to the increase in disturbing eating patterns among American women.


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  • Joy D. February 28, 2012 09.21 am

    Thank you for always keeping me up to date! I am considering responding to these articles on my blog.

  • Selina February 28, 2012 12.06 pm

    No problem! Glad you enjoyed it. Would love to see your responses!

  • S. Aguirre February 29, 2012 11.59 pm

    your reading list is much appreciated. thanks!


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