Dr Djurdja Bartlett is Reader in Histories and Cultures of Fashion at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Bartlett is author of FashionEast: The Spectre that Haunted Socialism (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2010; FashionEast: prizrak brodivshii po vostochnoi Evrope (Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2011), and editor of the volume 9 on East Europe, Russia and the Caucasus in the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (Berg Publishers/Oxford University Press, 2010).
During the past fifteen years, Bartlett has been conducting her research in ten countries – Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia, UK and US, which enabled her to explore many cultural interactions on the level of the transnational.
Funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship grant, Bartlett’s new research project took her to seven countries – Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Russia – with the aim of exploring previously unrecorded, dress-mediated discourse between East Central European and Russian fashion, and its western counterpart throughout the 20th century to the present day. The main outcome of this project will be Bartlett’s new monograph European Fashion Histories: Style, Society and Politics, 1912-2012 (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).
Bartlett is also Coordinator of the Fashion Media and Imagery Research Hub at the London College of Fashion, in which capacity she co-organized a conference – Fashion Media: Yesterday Today Tomorrow (October 2010), and co-edited the book Fashion Media: Past and Present (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013).
Bartlett is organizing an international conference on Fashion and Politics: historical and contemporary perspectives (LCF/UAL, July 2017). Towards establishing a new, politicized perspective on the phenomenon of fashion, the presentations from the conference will be further gathered in an edited book.