CFP: Fashioning Femininity: Female Celebrity, Fashion, & Beauty as Industry
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7/10/2019 at 4:50:18 PM GMT
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CFP: Fashioning Femininity: Female Celebrity, Fashion, & Beauty as Industry

The fashion and beauty industries are integral in the construction of the female celebrity image. From historic partnerships such as Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy, to the Kardashian sisters making waves in fashion and beauty with their own brands, the celebrity and beauty/fashion industries have often found themselves inextricably linked. This panel will be concerned with how visual and aesthetic markers of female celebrity construct, define, police, and make legible various aspects of female identity. This can include both how these signs are understood and interpreted by fans and audiences and/or how the industries involved in celebrity image-making contribute to historical and contemporary understandings of female identity. Papers on this panel will ideally engage with star studies and gender studies literature and may also look to fashion/entertainment industry literature such as that of Brooke Erin Duffy and Minh-Ha T. Pham. 

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • how a particular industry or medium (such a women's magazines, Instagram, etc.) have re-shaped understandings of female celebrity 

  • how aspects of age have been defined by fashion and beauty. What are the visual markers of girlhood? Of middle age? 

  • in what ways racial identity and/or ethnicity impacts or is impacted by visual forms of celebrity culture

  • evolutions in the beauty/fashion industries and how female celebrity image has shifted with them (increased use of stylists, rise of online influencers, style bloggers, brand/celebrity partnerships)

  • fashion industry celebrities, from Anna Wintour to street style bloggers

  • increased visibility of trans celebrities and their use of beauty and/or fashion

  • how fans use beauty/fashion to engage with celebrities or other objects of fandom (fan fashion, purchasing celebrity-branded products, etc.)

  • crossover between female celebrity and beauty/fashion industry (rise in celebrity lifestyle brands, sponsored content, fashion collaborations that have defined female celebrities, etc.)

If you are interested in participating, please submit abstracts of no more than 200 words to Laura Schumacher at by August 9.

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