The Fashion Research Network (FRN) is a forum for dialogue, collaboration, debate and a platform to showcase the work of PhD-level and early career fashion and dress researchers. The FRN website provides a space to develop this dialogue: it presents critical reviews of activities and research-led design work, comments on issues relating to dress and the fashion industry, and original research in the fields of fashion design, business, history, and visual culture. Although our contributors work in different fields and employ various approaches, the FRN seeks to foster a common language that is critical and rethinks accepted norms, grounded in the idea that the study of fashion is fundamentally interdisciplinary.
We eagerly encourage writing on fashion and dress-related topics, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Comment and Opinion articles that explore current, historic and/or topically relevant subjects related to practice-led or theory-based research of fashion or dress.
- Research Issues articles may examine research methodology, approaches to theory-based and practice-led research, the curation and display of fashion and dress, sourcing of research material physically or digitally via archives or other resources, teaching and supervisory experiences, and formats for the presentation of fashion and dress research.
- Exhibition Reviews of fashion and dress-related exhibitions and non-museum or gallery-based displays in the UK, Europe or further afield should question display methods and contextualise the subject matter in history, current scholarship and developments in museology.
- Book and Journal Reviews may discuss newly published texts in fashion studies and other disciplines as well as lesser-known or older works that may be useful or interesting to fashion and dress researchers.
- Other Reviews may comment on, for example, conferences, symposia, workshops or other events (e.g. film festivals) either in the UK, Europe or further afield.
- Speculative Contributions are also invited either in the form of completed articles or as abstract proposals which meet our criteria for publication on topics of interest to a diverse range of academics, researchers, practitioners and fashion professionals in the UK and abroad.
Practicalities for Publishing with FRN:
All authors must be either current PhD-level candidates or early career researchers, affiliated to an institution or freelance. Theory and practice-led researchers on fashion and dress are equally encouraged to contribute.
FRN’s Terms of Publishing Online:
All accepted and commissioned articles will be published online via the Fashion Research Network (FRN) website. All articles should be original and should not have been published elsewhere in any form or format or in any language. Authors will retain full copyright authority over their work and are allowed to re-publish it, in whole or in part, after a period of one year has elapsed since the date of original publication on the FRN website. All other agreements for publication elsewhere within this timeframe are by negotiation with the FRN editorial committee. All longer-length essays and opinion pieces are eligible for inclusion in the Fashion Research Network’s annual compendium of new writing on fashion and dress, however, acceptance of work for publication on the website is no guarantee of inclusion in this compendium. Such decisions will be made at the discretion of the FRN editorial committee and selected outside reviewers that are appointed.
500-1000 for Reviews
1500-2000 for Comment/Opinion Pieces and Essays
All submissions should be in British (UK) English. While submissions written in languages other than English are welcome it is the responsibility of the author to translate them in full before submission and/or acceptance for publication.
Photographs and Images:
All submissions should include, whenever possible, relevant photographs, images, illustrations, short films or video clips. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure full copyright and reproduction rights are cleared with the original producer of such material. Static images should be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format suitable for publication online. All images should be accompanied by a full caption or credit list and submitted via WeTransfer, or similar.
All referencing should be made using the Harvard University system. For guidance see the University of Exeter, Department of Lifelong Learning’s version:
We also highly recommend that you read some of the recent articles and reviews published on the Fashion Research Network website to gauge for tone, content, and word-length appropriate to your proposed submission.
All completed submissions, speculative proposals or questions related to the Fashion Research Network’s publishing programme should be addressed to our Editorial Director Alexis Romano at: firstname.lastname@example.org