Renate Stauss

Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator for Fashion Studies
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Professor Stauss has been teaching fashion theory as well as cultural and critical studies in fashion at The American University of Paris since 2013. As a lecturer in fashion she has been working at a number of universities in London and Berlin since 2003, at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, Goldsmiths College, Esmod, and the Berlin University of the Arts, where she remains an associate lecturer. She was part of the faculty at the Royal College of Art in London in the Department of Critical Studies for ten years. Following her studies in Fashion Communication (BA) and Communication, Culture and Society (MA) Stauss completed her PhD on Dress as Therapy: Working with Dress on the Self in Therapeutic Settings (University of the Arts London). The focus of her teaching and scholarship lies on the sociology and politics of fashion and dress, including the following subjects: relationships between dress and identity, fashion under socialism, the emotional and sensory impact of dress, fashion for a sustainable world. Renate has published in the area of fashion studies, fashion theory and pedagogy.

Current research interests include:
• fashion and politics
• the perception and potential of fashion
• the emergence of fashion theory
• the role and impact of the mirror in the act of getting
• fashion education – how we learn and teach fashion

Research Areas and Areas of Expertise:
• fashion theory
• cultural history of fashion (1900–)
• sociology of dress and fashion
• fashion and politics
• sustainability in fashion
• dress as therapy
• fashion education


BA Fashion Communication, Central Saint Martins College ofArt & Design, London, UK
MA Communication, Culture & Society, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
PhD, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK