Personal Style Blogs: Appearances that Fascinate closely examines the practice of personal style blogging to chart its history and development as a genre of alternative fashion media. It maps style blogging's affective dimensions and the impacts it has had on notions of the private in public, women's writing, who fashion's ideal is, and how we can understand online communication as intimacy enacted at a distance.
In taking a macro look at aspects of style blogging such as writing and readership, the performance of self online, and the criticism bloggers attract from trolls as well as the professional fashion media, this book also traces the transformation of the style blogosphere from an alternative, experimental space to one dominated by the fashion industry. The work touches on notions of individuality, aesthetics and performance on both sides of the digital platform, asking: what can style blogging teach us about women's writing and the digital performance of a private self? And what drives style bloggers to develop a personal space online?
Personal Style Blogs is currently available for pre-order and will be released in October 2017.
"Things To Be Seen: Spectacle and the Performance of Brand in Contemporary Fashion Shows"
About Performance, forthcoming.
"'Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On: Encountering Clothes, Imagining Selves"
Cultural Studies Review 22:1 : Fashioning, 2016.
"The Short, Passionate and Close-Knit History of Personal Style Blogs"
Fashion Theory 19:2, 2015.
"At one remove from reality: Style bloggers and outfit posts"
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 2:2, 2011.
'The best way I knew- through fashion': On Personal Style Bloggers and Self-Expression"
Fashion and Its Multi-Cultural Facets, eds. P. Hunt-Hurst and S. Ramsamy-Iranah, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014.
"Dressing the Body: Introduction"
(with Prudence Black) Cultural Studies Review 22:1 : Fashioning, 2016.
"Exhibition Review- Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers, Curated by Martin Parr, Barbican Centre, London, 16 March 2016- 19 June 2016"
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture 5:2-3, 2016.
"Book Review- Joanne Entwistle, 'The Fashioned Body' (2015)"
Australian Feminist Studies 31: 87, 2016.
- Contributor on fine art and fashion photography, 1001 Photographs You Must See Before You Die, Rizzoli, (forthcoming September 2017)
- Review- 'Uniformity' at Museum at FIT, Address Journal for Fashion Criticism, 2016
- Review- 'Manus X Machina' at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Address Journal for Fashion Criticism, 2016
- Review- 'Women in Clothes', Address Journal for Fashion Criticism, 2014
- Fashademic blog, 2010-2014
- Material Visions column, The Conversation Australia, 2013-2014
- 'Fashion's new showdown: bloggers and journalists', Vogue Australia, 2013
PhD, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Sydney 2014
BA (Adv.) Hons. Performance Studies, University of Sydney 2007
If you wish to contact me, you can do so by emailing me at r.findlay (at) fashion.arts.ac.uk