Elizabeth Castaldo Lunden is a lecturer at the film and media sections of the Department of Media Studies. She is a Doctor of philosophy in Fashion Studies, graduated from the Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University in 2018. Lundén holds a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies from the same institution, and a Lic. degree in Public Relations from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (Licenciada en Relaciones Públicas)
Her doctoral dissertation addressed the Academy Awards ceremony and its red-carpet pre-show from a historical perspective. The study traced the liaison between Hollywood and fashion institutions, understanding how public relations campaigns and the media articulated fashion discourses around the Oscars leading to the institutionalization of the red-carpet as a fashion event in its own right. As part of her doctoral studies, she was a visiting researcher at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California in 2015. She has presented her research in renowned international conferences, as well as published and guest-edited special issues in several academic journals.
In 2014, she discovered costume designer Jacques Fonteray´s private archive, and worked with Fonteray's family to donate the material in order to preserve his cultural legacy. Part of this collection can now be found at the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.