Ane Lynge-Jorlén

Ane Lynge-Jorlén is a fashion scholar specialised in cultural intermediaries in fashion.

Since gaining her PhD at UAL (2010), she has held positions at Parsons Paris and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and her work on fashion magazines, fashion exhibitions and styling is widely published in academic journals and anthologies. Ane is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Lund University where she is working on avant-garde fashion stylists. She is behind several exhibitions on experimental fashion and is a regular contributor to designETC. She has been a fashion critic for the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen and has edited the fashion journal Vestoj (2010-2013). Ane is the author of Niche Fashion Magazines: Changing the Shape of Fashion (2017).

Statement

Ethic matters and call for action have been integrated into the discourse on fashion and its journalism. While this is timely and much needed in a world of reckless overproduction and climate change, a discussion of fashion journalism should be contextualised. Although fashion media is a global mediascape that moves across borders, different discourses and degrees of maturity and criticism exist in different contexts and formats. Fashion journalism in Scandinavia, for instance, is still struggling to be positioned on a par with cultural content in newspapers. While fashion journalism is by and large steeped in industry interests, the alternative press, niche fashion publishing and some newspapers are voicing critiques of the innate structures of fashion. I believe that treating fashion journalism on a par with culture journalism will stimulate necessary conversations about fashion and, as a result, fashion will be culturally legitimized. The responsibility of serious fashion journalism is to offer insightful, qualified and thought-provoking pieces that uncover fashion’s cultural, social and economic underpinnings. Whether fashion journalism should be ethically and morally responsible a priori is another discussion. I look forward to discussing the role of fashion journalism and its development with the competent women on the panel.

Ane Lynge-Jorlén