Thursday, December 20, 2012

On my work on style blogging (but mostly on myself)

A casual reader of Fashademic might wonder what I'm actually working on, as I rarely ever directly talk about my research. Or I feel like I don't. Partly I'm keeping it to myself so all the good stuff goes into the actual thesis (though sometimes I wish I could just print out my archive three times, bind that and have done with- surely my markers would enjoy my Benjamin fangirling and my reposting of Nineties Vogue shoots I like?) Partly I don't want to put my ideas in the public domain before I have thoroughly worked them up, or to make them accessible before I have published them in a 'proper' academic channel. 

But if you have read between the lines, you'll be certain that I'm most concerned with one question: what does it mean to style blog? And how can I write about myself as much as possible in an academic thesis under the guise of "auto-ethnography"? (Okay, okay, the last question is a joke... mostly.)

But lately I had the opportunity to do a short talk on my research for a collection of alumni from my very own beloved Arts and Social Sciences Faculty, here at Sydney University. I was one of three speakers; the other two speakers were very accomplished and spoke about the creation of their short film which was screened in the Venice Film Festival and their work in support of marriage equality legislation in Australia. And then I showed everyone how to pose like a style blogger. 

So, if you'd like to hear me talk a little about my work, at the end of this article there's a podcast of our talks- I recommend all three, as Sophie and Sen presented really interesting, inspiring talks, and I... well, I showed everyone how to pose as a style blogger

(Here I am with Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty, with Sophie and Sen #nofilter)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Frock Paper Scissors

At this time of the year, when the days of the week start getting confused (mid-week Christmas parties have me thinking every day is Friday), there could be nothing better than a bright, bold and clever read to take your mind off what to buy yourself for Christmas. Presenting: Frock Paper Scissors, an annual magazine published by fashion, journalism, interactive visual design, media and communication students of Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

This is an entirely-student created mag bursting with editorial featuring both mens and womenswear (I particularly liked 'In Excess', all pompom earrings and clashing prints), interesting articles on anything and everything from a discussion about wearing the hijab to the impact of online shopping to fashion retail. Best of all, it's free from the Frock Paper Scissors website, where you can also find past issues (2012 marks the seventh year of this awesome student collaboration).

I wanted to share it with you guys because I think it's important for students to gain practical experience in their industry, experience working on a magazine like Frock offers in bucketloads. Also, this is a polished and diverse read and I think their hard work deserves to be widely read! Think of it like an Australian answer to Worn Journal, but with more budgie smugglers. And if you don't know what a 'budgie smuggler' is, pages nine and ten should sort you out. Enjoy!