About

I am a postdoctoral researcher (research assistant) in the UEFISCDI-funded project “The Ethos of Education and Dialogue: Romanian – American Cultural Negotiations (1920-1940)” – PN-III-P4-PCE-2021-0688, with the sub-theme “Embodying the American feminine ethos: Renegotiating Romanian women’s identity from Hollywood to Rockefeller”. I received my PhD in 2020 from University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion with the thesis “The Women of Little Paris: Women’s Fashion in Interwar Bucharest”. My research interests include fashion culture and history, semiotics, modernity, ideology and politics, cultural studies (gender, urban), anthropology, personal archaeology, art and media history.

 
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Education

EDUCATION

2011 – 2020: PhD: London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK

Thesis: The Women of Little Paris: Women’s Fashion in Interwar Bucharest 1919-1939 | Director of Studies: Dr Djurdja Bartlett | Second Supervisor: Elizabeth Wilson

Confirmation: 18 March 2014 (Recommended for PhD) | Internal Examiner: Prof. Roger Sabin || VIVA Voce: 20 March 2020 (Awarded PhD) | External Examiner: Prof. Christopher Breward | Internal Examiner: Dr. Nicky Ryan | Chair: Prof. Paul Coldwell | Official Completed Course and Award: 3 August 2020

UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON Item ID: 15907 | ISSNI: 0000 0004 9353 1360 (Fashion History & Theory) | EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.814249 | Recognition in Romania: Nr. 501503/A.N./04.02.2021 (Thesis recognised in the field of Cultural Studies)

2008-2010: MA British Cultural Studies: University of Bucharest, Romania

Dissertation: Harlequin and the P.I.P.; or, Nineteenth Century Victorian Pantomime as Presented in the Penny Illustrated Paper | Supervisor: Prof. Mihaela Irimia

2005-2008: BAUniversal and Comparative Literature – English: “Babeș-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Dissertation: Brainwashing and the Power of the Word | Supervisor: Prof. Ruxandra Cesereanu

Other Publications

PUBLICATIONS
Call for Book Chapters (Upcoming Books)

2023 Fashioning the ‘Little Parises’ of the World. Interlaced National Symbols (Chapter Abstract Deadline: 1 December 2022), Bloomsbury UK have expressed interest in considering the work for possible publication.

2023 (Co-Editor: Roxana Mihaly), Creative Negotiations. Romania – America 1920-1940 (Chapter Abstract Deadline: 3 February 2022), supported by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding-UEFISCDI, the National Research Council – CNCS, the Ministry of National Education (Romania), Project PN-III-P4-PCE-2021-0688, Contract 29 from 27 May 2022, titled The Ethos of Dialogue and Education: Romanian – American Cultural Negotiations (1920-1940).

 

Under Peer Review

2022 “A Parisian Moment in Bucharest: Fashioning Interwar Romanian Women”, International Journal of Fashion Studies.

 

Accepted for Publication (Upcoming)

2022 “Perfecțiune și bun gust: Redefinirea identității feminine din Bucureștiul interbelic prin modă și frumusețe / Perfection and Good Taste: Redefining Women’s Identity in Interwar Bucharest through Fashion and Beauty”, in Tradiție și modernitate: Elitele din România în “secolul cel scurt” (1918-1989), by Cornel Sigmirean, 351–65. Cluj-Napoca: Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2022, ISBN 978-606-37-1494-8, Classified CNCS B.

Dec 2022 “Fashioning simultaneous migrations: Sonia Delaunay, interwar Romanian connections”, Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, Indexing: WOS – ESCI, Scopus, ERIH PLUS, EBSCO, Art & Architecture Complete, Art & Architecture Source, Art Source, BHI, CNKI, DAAI, NPI, Publication Forum, Finland, Summon, TOC Premier, Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory.

Dec 2022 “Fashion, Cinema, German-American Propaganda in 1930s Bucharest”, Yearbook of the “Gheorghe Şincai” Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, no. 24 (3 November 2021), pp. 194–212, ISSN: 1454-5284. Indexed: CEEOL, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS.

Apr 2023 “From Monitorul Oficial to Calea Victoriei: Decoding 1930s Bucharest through Women’s Fashion”, Journal of Romanian Studies.

2023 “Modă și frumusețe. Lucrări teoretice de autor / Fashion and Beauty. Theoretical Author Works” in La granița dintre milenii / At the Border between Millenia, vol. II, pp. 96–103. O istorie a traducerilor în limba română din secolul al XX-lea. Domenii literare și nonliterare / A History of Translations into Romanian in the 20th Century. Literary and Nonliterary Fields, Chapter XII. Bucharest: Editura Academiei Române, 2023.

2023 The Women of ‘Little Paris’: Fashion in Interwar Bucharest (working title), book in the Dress Cultures collection (edited by Dr. Reina Lewis and Elizabeth Wilson) – proposal accepted by Bloomsbury UK, contract signed on 9 August 2021, manuscript due to be submitted on 30 May 2022.

 

Published Book Chapters

”„Morbul Garbitei”. Influența modelelor hollywoodiene în moda bucureștiului interbelic”, (2021), in Liviu Boar, Ioan Bolovan, and Laura Stanciu (eds) Școală, biserică, stat și națiune în istoria României. Cluj-Napoca: Academia Română Centrul de Studii Transilvane, pp. 355–371, ISBN: 978-606-0-38013-9.

“Dialog identitar în lumea modei și frumuseții interbelice: Paris-București”, in Cornel Sigmirean, Cristina Preutu, Silviu B. Moldovan (eds), Actele Unirii, Bucharest: Hamangiu, pp. 150-178, ISBN: 978-606-27-1256-3.

“Beauty and Nation: Miss Romania as International Ambassador (1929-1936)” (2013) in Iulian Boldea (ed.), Studies on literature, discourse and multicultural dialogue, Târgu-Mureș: Arhipelag XXI Press, pp. 424-431, ISBN: 978-606-93590-3-7.

Ruxandra Cesereanu (ed.) (2012), Poveştile Duniazadei, ale sclavei sale Raşazada şi ale regelui Şahzaman, Bucharest: TracusArte. One of the authors: Sonia-Doris Andras,

“Poveste Op. 3 Nr. 9 Allegro Monstruoso” (2008) in Claun Grup, Anunţuri mortuare în Re major, Limes Publishing House: Cluj-Napoca.

 

Published Journal Articles

De la cosmetologie la cosmiatrie: Aurel Voina și manipularea istoriei personale”, Anuarul Institutului de Istorie “George Barițiu” – Series HISTORICA, no. LX (2021), pp. 393-404, ISSN: Print ISSN 1584-4390, Online ISSN 2344-2093. CNCS B. Indexed: CEEOL, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS.

“Fashion, Dress, Costume: A Proposed Terminological Clarification in the Historical Research of Women’s Clothing”, Yearbook of the “Gheorghe Şincai” Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, no. 24 (3 November 2021), pp. 194–212, ISSN: 1454-5284. Indexed: CEEOL, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS.

Crafting Illusions: Fashion as a Means of Decoding Social and Cultural History in Interwar Bucharest“, (2019) Yearbook of the ‘Gheorghe Şincai’ Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, (22), pp. 232–264, ISSN: 1454-5284. Indexed: CEEOL, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS.

Creating City Chic: The Parisian Influence on Interwar Bucharest Fashion” (2018) in Yearbook of the “Gheorghe Şincai” Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, Târgu-Mureș: Institutul de Cercetări Socio-Umane Gheorghe Şincai al Academiei Române, Issue 21, pp. 152-176, ISSN: 1454-5284. Indexed: CEEOL, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS.

Allo, allo, ici le Bucharest du pedigree! The nationalization of women’s fashion in interwar Bucharest“, (2017) in Yearbook of the “Gheorghe Şincai” Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, Târgu-Mureș: Institutul de Cercetări Socio-Umane Gheorghe Şincai al Academiei Române, Issue 20, pp. 126-165, ISSN: 1454-5284. Indexed: CEEOL, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS.

Media

Oct. – Dec. 2019 Reporter (Paid Internship) | 31 articles (Romanian)

Zi de Zi Newspaper, Târgu-Mureș, Romania

Aug. 2019 – Present Content Writer (Fashion)

Dimeon Magazine

 

Blog Posts

    Projects

    1 Jun 2022 – 31 Dec 2024 Postdoc Researcher – Project Member (Associate Researcher)

    The Ethos of Dialogue and Education: Romanian – American Cultural Negotiations (1920-1940), PN-III-P4-PCE-2021-0688 | Sub-Theme: Embodying the American feminine ethos: Renegotiating Romanian women’s identity from Hollywood to Rockefeller

    The “Gheorge Şincai” Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, Târgu-Mureș, Romania

    2019 – present Project Member

    ITLR – O istorie a traducerilor în limba română – secolele XVI-XX, financed through the Special Situations Fund (FSS), according to the stipulation in O.M.E.N. no. 3694/2019 and O.M.E.N. no. 3132/2020 | Chapter: Modă și frumusețe. Lucrări teoretice de autor. (Fashion and Beauty. Theoretical Author Works)

    Ștefan cel Mare University, Suceava, Romania

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    Between Hollywood and Rockefeller: Fashioning the New Interwar Romanian Woman, MAPACA 2022, 12 November 2022

    Memberships

    AWSS (Association for Women in Slavonic Studies); BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies); BFWG (British Federation of Women Graduates); The Association of Dress Historians; SRS (Society for Romanian Studies), MAPACA (Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association)

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