Elizabeth Castaldo Lundén

Elizabeth Castaldo Lundén is currently not affiliated to the department.


I hold doctoral degree in Fashion Studies from the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University, 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).

I was a visiting researcher at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California in 2015. In 2014, I 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.

Photo: Bart van der Gaag

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Research Interests

I am interested in how ideas travel into popular culture, manifesting in social and cultural phenomena, through the historical study of policies and media discourses originating from public relations, advertising, and other communication practices. My research looks at the role of Hollywood in the global circulation of cultural and economic capital, studying how this contributed to developing the idea of an international fashion scene. My work contributes to the pool of knowledge about the United States' power in the global arena. The transdisciplinary nature of my research integrates business, fashion, film, and media history. My doctoral dissertation consisted of a historical study of the Academy Awards ceremony and its red-carpet pre-show. The study traced the historical 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. By exploring the role of fashion at the ceremony, the dissertation provided a threefold contribution to fashion, film, and media studies.

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