Elizabeth Castaldo Lundén

Elizabeth Castaldo Lundén is currently not affiliated to the department.


I hold Ph.D in Fashion Studies from Stockholm University and a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies from the same institution. I graduated as a Licentiate in Public Relations from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (Licenciada en Relaciones Públicas). In 2015, I was a visiting researcher at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California.

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

My research looks at the role of Hollywood in the global circulation of cultural and economic capital, and how this helped develop an international fashion scene. I am particularly 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 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’ red-carpet phenomenon and its cultural significance as a fashion show free-for-all. My research 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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