Ilya Parkins

Associate Professor

Gender and Women's Studies
Other Titles: Undergraduate Program Advisor
Office: ART 258
Phone: 250.807.9625

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Feminist theories, especially epistemologies; history and theory of fashion; theories of modernity and early twentieth-century cultural formations; femininities; Periodical media’

Courses & Teaching

Gender, Race, Sexuality and Power I: An Introduction; Women and Popular Culture; Critical Foundations: Feminism and Difference; Perspectives on Gendered Bodies; Feminist Research Methodologies; Gender, Dress and Fashion: Histories and Theories; Femininities


PhD, Social and Political Thought, York University
MA, Women’s Studies, York University

Research Interests & Projects

(Re)Dressing Weddings: The Politics of Feminist Wedding Culture and Apparel
Funded by SSHRC 2020-24.

This project examines the wedding apparel imaginaries and stories of people who identify as feminist or queer, focusing on the relationship between political values and fashion.

Selected Publications & Presentations


Fashion, New Feminist Essays. Ed. Ilya Parkins and Maryanne Dever. London: Routledge, 2020.

Poiret, Dior and Schiaparelli: Fashion, Femininity and Modernity. London: Berg, 2012.

Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion. Ed. Ilya Parkins and Elizabeth M. Sheehan. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2011.


You’ll Never Regret Going Bold’: Moods of Wedding Apparel on A Practical Wedding.Fashion Theory (2020).

“Becoming in the Eyes of Others: The Relational Gaze in Boudoir Photography.” In Revisiting the Gaze: The Fashioned Body and the Politics of Looking, edited by Morna Laing and Jacki Willson. London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

“Relations with the Dead? Ethics of Feminist Memorialization in Service Learning.” In Feminist Praxis Revisited: Critical Reflections on Community-University Engagement, ed. Amber Dean, Jennifer L. Johnson and Susanne Luhmann. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2018.

“Figurative Mobility: Veiling, Orientalism and Unknowing Women in US Vogue, 1917- 25.” Fashion Studies 1, no. 1 (2018): 1-31.

“Domesticating Enchantment: Mediating Feminine Magic in the Interwar French Fashion Magazine.” French Cultural Studies 28, no. 4 (2017): 344-59.

“Eve Goes Synthetic’: Modernizing Feminine Beauty, Renegotiating Masculinity in Britannia and Eve.” In Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-39: The Interwar Period, edited by Catherine Clay et al. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017.

“Hurricane Sandy in Vogue: Fashion, Disaster, and Urban Neoliberalism.” Australian Feminist Studies 30, no. 85 (2015): 221-37.

“Fashion” in The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Culture, ed. Celia Marshik, pp. 96-110. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

“Texturing Visibility: Opaque Femininities and Feminist Modernist Studies,” Feminist Review 107 (2014): 57-74.

“ ‘Nineteen Funerals’: Ethics of Remembering Murdered Women in a Service Learning Classroom,” Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 36, no. 2 (2014): 127-43.

“Territories of Knowledge and Nostalgia in Modern Fashion Designer Life Writing.” In Fashion in Popular Culture: Literature, Media and Contemporary Studies, ed. Joseph Hancock, Vicki Karaminas and Toni Johnson-Woods. London: Intellect, 2013: 103-20.

(with Lara Haworth) “The Public Time of Private Space in Dior by Dior.” Biography 35, no.4 (2012):628-49.

” Elsa Schiaparelli and the Epistemology of Glamorous Silence.” Topia 25 (2011): 20-25.

“Fashion as Methodology: Rewriting the Time of Women’s Modernity.” Time and Society 19, no. 1 (2010): 98-119.

Google Scholar

Selected Grants & Awards

Winner of the 2013 Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (UBC, Okanagan Campus)


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