Background

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.

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Research Interests

Elizabeth is in the historical study of media ecologies and discourses originating in public relations, advertising, and other communication practicesinterested to understand how ideas travel into popular culture, manifesting in social and cultural phenomena. Her research addresses the interrelationship between Hollywood and the fashion industry, focusing on the global circulation of cultural and economic capital that helped propel the international fashion system through Hollywood's intermedial reach. Her work is heavily driven by archival research. The transdisciplinary nature of her work integrates business, fashion, film, and media studies.

Her research interests include: Hollywood history, celebrity culture, Americana, globalization and mass media. American fashion and costume design history. Public relations, advertising and marketing pratices within the culture industries. Questions of class, prestige, expertise and symbolic capital. Archival research and epiphenomenality. Experience-based learning, complex thought and transdisciplinarity.

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