Jennifer’s research explores the intersections of Fashion and Visual Culture.
Jennifer is an academic in Fashion and Visual Communication.
She has worked as a researcher and writer within the fashion industry for a number of years contributing to a wide range of publications and contemporary journals.
School, Centre or Area
Recent research publications include articles on aesthetics, performance and the body within film and visual culture. Her current work explores the emergence of Gothic modes within Fashion from street style to haute couture.
Jennifer’s work explores a wide range of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practices. She interrogates the idea of the meta discourse, language, ritual, identity and the body.
Current and recent projects
Richards, J (2020) ‘The Influence of the (Gothic) Genre in High Fashion’ in C Bloom C (ed) The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic Palgrave p1063-1073.
This book provides a comprehensive exploration of every aspect of contemporary gothic culture between 1918 and 2019, from its origins in film to the impact of Internet memes in the twenty-first century.
Creates space for new discussion of overlooked or forgotten writers, designers, architects, painters, poets and film makers
Brings together an ambitious and interdisciplinary collection of essays which inform, complicate and expand upon existing studies of the gothic.
Publications, exhibitions, other outcomes
Richards, J (2018) ‘Transcending the Traditional: Fashion as Performance’ in F Carlotto & McCreesh N (ed) Engaging with Fashion, Brill, p249-275
Richards, J (2017) ‘#Coven: Season of the Witch’ Fashion Studies Journal
Richards, J (2019) ‘A Call to Arms: Rick Owens’ Babel Collection’ Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
Richards, J (2018) ‘Fashion, Body and Performance’ Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London
Armstrong, L, Griffiths, A & Richards, J (2017) Forme Journal @ looseyarmstrong @rabear
Richards, J (2016) ‘Subcultures in the 21st Century’ Reflected Shadows Conference, Kingston University, London
Richards, J (2015) ‘Analogue to Digital: Fashion Film’ Global Dialogues Conference, Coventry University London
Richards, J (2015) ‘Trope of Fools: Fashion Image-Making’ International Textual Fashion Conference, University of Brighton
(2017) ‘Plosives’ Griffiths, A & Richards, J Digital gallery exploring the concepts of time, space and the culture of the transient screen. Housed within a 'nonspace' at Manchester School of Art.
External collaborations and activities
(2017) Co-Convenor, Blake, L, Darby H & Richards J, Gothic Manchester Festival V: Gothic Style(s)
2017’s Festival was full of such delights, offering everything from body-beautiful horror in The Neon Demon to real North West street style in a catwalk devoted to extraordinary goths and steampunks. As usual, our thrilling series of events centred on a one-day conference of accessible papers delivered by an egalitarian mix of students, seasoned academics, experts and enthusiasts.