About the Journal
Fashion Studies is a new voice in our field. It will be published annually by Ryerson University’s Centre for Fashion Diversity and Social Change and is the first open access journal in fashion studies. We are an open-source journal available to all at no cost to readers or authors. We join the movement of scholars who wish to push back against the exploitative corporate publishing monopoly that profits from publicly funded and free academic and creative labour. We believe in the democratic dissemination of scholarly and creative work that removes Western and elitist barriers and paywalls. Acceptance is based on a rigorous, double-blind peer-review process by top scholarly and creative academics.
One of the strengths of fashion studies is its interdisciplinarity. We welcome innovative work engaging with the study of fashion from all disciplines, including social sciences, humanities and creative fields. We are open to diverse theoretical and methodological approaches in a broad range of written and creative formats. In light of the fact that fashion is one of the most exploitative industries of both people and the environment, we particularly encourage work that engages with the relationship between fashion, diversity and social change historically and today. It is our aim to produce and disseminate work that both critiques the system and seeks to reimagine it, refashioning the world into a more equitable, just and inclusive place.
- To create an open access fashion journal where academics and scholars can submit and publish work at no cost to themselves.
- To create an open access fashion journal where academics and scholars can access work at no cost to themselves.
- To help foster interdisciplinary relationships and draw attention to fashion studies as an interdisciplinary academic field.
- To help critique and re-imagine fashion studies, adding to the current growing body of work.
- To engage in particular with work that examines the relationship between fashion, diversity and social change historically and today.