Background

Paula von Wachenfeldt, Senior Lecturer and Head of Studies at the Centre for Fashion Studies, holds a PhD in French literature. She teaches at basic and advanced level and supervises Master and PhD studens. In her reserach she has examined the interface between fiction and cultural interpretations of fashion. As from 2012, her research focus is on luxury and she has co-edited the first anthology on Swedish luxury history The Swedish Desire. Centuries of Luxury Consumption (2015). Her publications in the luxury field examine both historical and contemporary debates and representations.

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Research Interests

My research interests revolve around the cultural expression of materiality and luxury culture and consumption. My studies have focused on the debates on luxury, its represenations in the media as well as the role of social media in the creation of the self. When investigating these issues I have been examining the historical developement of material culture in Western society. My research takes into consideration the socio-cultural dynamics that reside in the phenomenon of luxury and fashion, starting from early modern time to post modern one.

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