PRINT March 1997


Fashion Sense

A NEW ACADEMIC journal on fashion? Does this mean fashion’s over? That’s probably unfair, but Fashion Theory’s cover—a photo of Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington—suggests I’m not the only one who thinks a gaggle of academics have crashed the party and it’s time to get interested in something else. That has to be what the photo means, because if this image of the “girls” covering their mouths, ears, and eyes is suggesting we should speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil, what’s inside couldn’t possibly be about fashion. Fashion holds major stock in evil’s conglomerate: bad taste, bitchiness, icy dictatorship, devil-may-care attitudes, luxury, excess, and sin. Those are only some of the reasons we like fashion as much as we do.

But perhaps what’s truly important is that the journal look good. It does. Editor Dr. Valerie Steele (author of the much-discussed Fetish)

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