Fashion Research Network


The Fashion Research Network (FRN) is a collaborative venture set up to promote and share the work of PhD and early career researchers in fashion and dress studies. The network was started by PhD candidates from the Royal College of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art in response to their own experiences of navigating the networks already open to fashion researchers. Evolving from initial conversations on the merits and frustrations of research into fashion and dress the FRN provides a space for discussion forum for fashion and dress research. FRN’s cross-institutional and multidisciplinary approach encourages the recognition that definitions of fashion and dress research are determined by individuals’ academic and professional backgrounds. Within FRN’s collaborative framework, we seek to reinvigorate the relationship between contemporary, practice-based, and historical fashion and dress studies. To date, the varied approaches of FRN’s participants have led to discussions about not only fashion research but also the nature of fashion or dress itself, an entity that eludes concrete definitions.