About

I am an independent scholar in fashion studies. I received my PhD in 2020 from University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion with the thesis “The Women of Little Paris: Women’s Fashion in Interwar Bucharest”. My research interests include fashion culture and history, semiotics, modernity, ideology and politics, cultural studies (gender, urban), anthropology, personal archaeology, art and media history.

Education

EDUCATION

2011 – 2020: PhD


                                                London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK


Thesis: The Women of Little Paris: Women’s Fashion in Interwar Bucharest 1919-1939


Director of Studies: Dr Djurdja Bartlett


Second Supervisor: Elizabeth Wilson


Confirmation: 18 March 2014 (Recommended for PhD)


Internal Examiner: Prof. Roger Sabin


VIVA Voce: 20 March 2020 (Awarded PhD)


        External Examiner: Prof. Christopher Breward


        Internal Examiner: Dr. Nicky Ryan


        Chair: Prof. Paul Coldwell


Official Completed Course and Award: 3 August 2020


UAL Item ID: 15907


ISSNI: 0000 0004 9353 1360 (Fashion History & Theory)


EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.814249


Recognition in Romania: Nr. 501503/A.N./04.02.2021 (Cultural Studies)


                                                                                             


2008-2010: MA British Cultural Studies


                                                University of Bucharest, Romania


Dissertation: Harlequin and the P.I.P.; or, Nineteenth Century Victorian


Pantomime as Presented in the Penny Illustrated Paper


Supervisor: Prof. Mihaela Irimia


 


2005-2008: BAUniversal and Comparative Literature – English


                                                “Babeș-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


                                                                        Dissertation: Brainwashing and the Power of the Word


                                                                        Supervisor: Prof. Ruxandra Cesereanu


 

Other Publications

PUBLICATIONS
Under Peer Review

2022 “From the Official Gazette to Calea Victoriei: Decoding 1930s Bucharest through Women’s Fashion”, Journal of Romanian Studies


2022 “A Parisian Moment in Bucharest: Fashioning Interwar Romanian Women”, International Journal of Fashion Studies.



Accepted for Publication (Upcoming)

2022 “Perfecțiune și bun gust: Redefinirea identității feminine din Bucureștiul interbelic prin modă și frumusețe / Perfection and Good Taste: Redefining Women’s Identity in Interwar Bucharest through Fashion and Beauty”, conference proceedings volume.


2022 The Women of ‘Little Paris’: Fashion in Interwar Bucharest (working title), book in the Dress Cultures collection (edited by Dr. Reina Lewis and Elizabeth Wilson) – proposal accepted by Bloomsbury UK, contract signed on 9 August 2021, manuscript due to be submitted on 30 May 2022.



Published Book Chapters

”„Morbul Garbitei”. Influența modelelor hollywoodiene în moda bucureștiului interbelic”, (2021), in Liviu Boar, Ioan Bolovan, and Laura Stanciu (eds) Școală, biserică, stat și națiune în istoria României. Cluj-Napoca: Academia Română Centrul de Studii Transilvane, pp. 355–371, ISBN: 978-606-0-38013-9, DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.16732366.


“Dialog identitar în lumea modei și frumuseții interbelice: Paris-București”, in Cornel Sigmirean, Cristina Preutu, Silviu B. Moldovan (eds), Actele Unirii, Bucharest: Hamangiu, pp. 150-178, ISBN: 978-606-27-1256-3, DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.16877224.v1.


“Beauty and Nation: Miss Romania as International Ambassador (1929-1936)” (2013) in Iulian Boldea (ed.), Studies on literature, discourse and multicultural dialogue, Târgu-Mureș: Arhipelag XXI Press, pp. 424-431, ISBN: 978-606-93590-3-7.


Ruxandra Cesereanu (ed.) (2012), Poveştile Duniazadei, ale sclavei sale Raşazada şi ale regelui Şahzaman, Bucharest: TracusArte. One of the authors: Sonia-Doris Andras,


“Poveste Op. 3 Nr. 9 Allegro Monstruoso” (2008) in Claun Grup, Anunţuri mortuare în Re major, Limes Publishing House: Cluj-Napoca.



Published Journal Articles

“De la cosmetologie la cosmiatrie: Aurel Voina și manipularea istoriei personale”, Anuarul Institutului de Istorie “George Barițiu” – Series HISTORICA, no. LX (2021), pp. 393-404, ISSN: Print ISSN 1584-4390, Online ISSN 2344-2093. CNCS B. Indexed: CEEOL, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS.


“Fashion, Dress, Costume: A Proposed Terminological Clarification in the Historical Research of Women’s Clothing”, Yearbook of the “Gheorghe Şincai” Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, no. 24 (3 November 2021), pp. 194–212, ISSN: 1454-5284, DOI 10.6084/m9.figshare.16923241.v1. Indexed: CEEOL, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS.


Crafting Illusions: Fashion as a Means of Decoding Social and Cultural History in Interwar Bucharest“, (2019) Yearbook of the ‘Gheorghe Şincai’ Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, (22), pp. 232–264, ISSN: 1454-5284, DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.16732378. Indexed: CEEOL, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS.


Creating City Chic: The Parisian Influence on Interwar Bucharest Fashion” (2018) in Yearbook of the “Gheorghe Şincai” Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, Târgu-Mureș: Institutul de Cercetări Socio-Umane Gheorghe Şincai al Academiei Române, Issue 21, pp. 152-176, ISSN: 1454-5284, DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.16873255.v1. Indexed: CEEOL, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS.


Allo, allo, ici le Bucharest du pedigree! The nationalization of women’s fashion in interwar Bucharest“, (2017) in Yearbook of the “Gheorghe Şincai” Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, Târgu-Mureș: Institutul de Cercetări Socio-Umane Gheorghe Şincai al Academiei Române, Issue 20, pp. 126-165, ISSN: 1454-5284, DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.16872742.v1. Indexed: CEEOL, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS.



Media

Oct. – Dec. 2019 Reporter (Paid Internship)


                                                31 articles (Romanian)


                                                Zi de Zi Newspaper, Târgu-Mureș, Romania


Aug. 2019 – Present Content Writer (Fashion)


                                                Dimeon Magazine



CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Oct 2021 Perfecțiune și bun gust: Redefinirea identității feminine din Bucureștiul interbelic prin modă și frumusețe / Perfection and Good Taste: Redefining Women’s Identity in Interwar Bucharest through Fashion and Beauty


Zilele Academice Clujene / Cluj Academic Days


Între tradiție și modernitate: Elitele din România în „secolul cel scurt” (1918-1989) / Between Tradition and Modernity: Romanian Elites in the “Short Century” (1918-1989)


The “Gheorghe Şincai” Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, Târgu-Mureș, Romania


Oct 2018 Dialog identitar în lumea modei și frumuseții interbelice: Paris – București / Identity Dialogue in the World of Interwar Fashion and Beauty: Paris – Bucharest


Actele Marii Uniri. O sută de ani de istorie / The Great Union’s Acts. A Hundred Years of History


Asociația Transilvană pentru Cultură, The “Gheorghe Şincai” Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, Târgu-Mureș, Romania


Jun 2018 From the Official Gazette to Calea Victoriei: Decoding 1930s Bucharest through Women’s Fashion


#Romania100: Looking Forward through the Past


Society for Romanian Studies, Bucharest, Romania


Mar 2015: Fashion and Eugenics in the Interwar Romanian Gender Discourse


BASEES Annual Conference


BASEES, Cambridge, United Kingdom


Feb 2015 Undressing Beauty: Naturalism in Romanian Eugenic Thought, 1919-1939


New Research Conference


The Association of Dress Historians, London, United Kingdom


Sep 2014 Decoding the Hat: Women’s Fashion and Status in 1930s Bucharest


Tailored Trades Network Conference


Clothes, Working Lives and Social Change 1880-1939


University of Exeter, Bishopsgate Institute, London, United Kingdom


June 2014 Fashion, Gender and Eugenics in Interwar Romania


LCF Research Hub Conference: Fashion and Politics


London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London, United Kingdom


Apr. 2014: Beautiful Ambassadors: Signs, Space and Power in the Interwar Miss Romania Pageants


BASEES Annual Conference


BASEES, Cambridge, United Kingdom


Dec. 2013: Beauty and Nation: Miss Romania as International Ambassador (1929-1936)


Literature, Discourse and Multicultural Dialogue


The “Alpha” Association for Culture, Multimedia and Democratic Education and “Petru Maior” University, Târgu-Mureș, Romania


Sep. 2013: The Ideal Woman: Beauty Contests in Interwar Romania


3rd Global Conference: Beauty


Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Oxford, United Kingdom


Nov. 2007: A Voyage Through and With Floating Man-Made Islands


Knowledge Creativity and Transformation of Society


INST, Vienna, Austria


 

Projects

Projects

2019 – present Project Member


ITLR – O istorie a traducerilor în limba română – secolele XVI-XX


Ștefan cel Mare University, Suceava, Romania


                       Translations into Romanian: Fashion and Beauty (author books)

Memberships

AWSS (Association for Women in Slavonic Studies); BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies); BFWG (British Federation of Women Graduates); The Association of Dress Historians; SRS (Society for Romanian Studies)

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