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Dr Sarah Gilligan

Assistant Professor

Department: Northumbria School of Design

Dr Sarah Gilligan (SFHEA) is an Assistant Professor in Fashion Communication in the School of Design. Her research and publications centre on clothing and identities on and beyond the screen - particularly the distinct, yet symbiotic relationships between costuming, fashion and star-celebrity culture in film, TV drama and photography. 

Sarah joined Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer in 2020, following a career in further and adult education. Sarah remains highly committed to widening participation in education, and currently teaches and supervises student projects across BA, MA, MRes and PhD levels. In 2021, Sarah became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and she holds BA and MA qualifications in Media, Film and Cultural Studies, a Cert.Ed, and a PhD in Media Arts from Royal Holloway, University of London. Sarah's thesis Transforming Identity: Gender, Costume & Contemporary Popular Cinema (supervised by Prof. Stella Bruzzi), was funded by a Thomas Holloway scholarship, and passed with no corrections. 

Sarah is the co-founder and chair of the Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures (FCVC) Network for which she received a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. She has co-organised international conferences in Croatia (FCVC2018) and France (FCVC2019) together with in-person and online events and mentoring for established, early career and emerging researchers in the UK and internationally. She is a member of the Critical Costume steering group and the European Popular Culture Association, and will be convening FCVC Network strands in collaboration with the forthcoming EUPOP2023 conference in Scotland.

She is Reviews Editor for Film, Fashion and Consumption journal and is on the editorial boards of Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, and the International Journal of Sustainable Fashion and Textiles. Sarah has guest edited special issues for Intellect of Clothing Cultures (6.1), Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion (7.1-2) and Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture (5.2-3). She has published in Fashion Theory, Film, Fashion and Consumption and the Journal of Asia Pacific Popular Culture, together with contributions to a range of edited collections. 

Sarah's article, ‘Fashion forward killer: Villanelle, costuming and queer style in Killing Eve’ (co-authored with Dr Jacky Collins), was recently published in Film, Fashion and Consumption 10.2. Sarah's current research explores fashioning ageing star-celebrities. She is also developing a larger visual and materials cultures research project: Tactile Transmediality: Surface Pleasures and the Fashioned Body which adopts a multimodal approach combining the textual analysis of cross-media representations, object based research and autoethnographic creative explorations.




Sarah Gilligan

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  • Fashion forward killer: Villanelle, costuming and queer style in Killing Eve, Gilligan, S., Collins, J. 1 Oct 2021, In: Film, Fashion & Consumption
  • Fashion Forward Killer: Queerbaiting, costuming and dyke camp in Killing Eve, Gilligan, S. 20 Apr 2021, Fashion, Style and Queer Culture.
  • Libertine Fashion: Sexual Freedom, Rebellion and Style, Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas (2020), Gilligan, S. 1 Oct 2021, In: Film, Fashion & Consumption
  • Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures (FCVC) Network, Gilligan, S. 1 Dec 2020, In: Critical Studies in Men's Fashion
  • Fashion forward killer: queering costuming in Killing Eve (video presentation)., Gilligan, S., Collins, J. 2020, Critical Costume 2020
  • FCVC Network Special Issue: ‘Fashioning Queer Identities’, Gilligan, S. 1 Sep 2020, In: Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture
  • Editorial foreword FCVC Network Special Issue., Gilligan, S. 1 Mar 2019, In: Clothing Cultures
  • Suits and subcultures: costuming and masculinities in the films of Pedro Almodóvar, Gilligan, S., Collins, J. 1 Oct 2019, In: Film, Fashion & Consumption
  • The Pleat, The Fold and The Slit: A Creative Response to the Jack the Ripper Narrative, Gilligan, S. 2019, FCVC2019: Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Publication Peer-review: International Journal of Sustainable Fashion & Textiles (Journal) 2022
  • Invited talk: Fashioning the strange: Tilda Swinton, film and photography. 2021
  • Invited talk: Fashion Forward Killer: Queerbaiting, costuming and lesbian / dyke camp in Killing Eve. 2021
  • Publication Peer-review: Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty (Journal) 2021
  • Publication Peer-review: Fashion, Style and Popular Culture (Journal) 2020
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: FCVC2019: Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures. 2019
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: New Reflections on Fashioning Identities: Lifestyle, Emotions and Celebrity Culture. 2019
  • Oral presentation: From Metrosexual to Barbosexual: Masculinities, Facial Hair and the Ageing Spanish Film Star. 2019
  • Oral presentation: Tactile Transmediality: Touch, Emotion, Fabric and Identities. 2019
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: FCVC2018: Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures 2018

Casci Ritchie Fashioning the Love Symbol: The design, fan cultures and legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson (working title) Start Date: 01/10/2021

  • PhD January 01 2010
  • MA
  • PGCert
  • CertEd
  • BA (Hons)
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy SFHEA

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