Ilya Parkins

Associate Professor

Gender and Women's Studies
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

Concepts of sex and gender; embodiment; feminist theories. Specifically, GWST 100 Gender, Race, Sexuality and Power I: An Introduction; GWST 215 Women and Popular Culture; GWST 216 Critical Foundations: Feminism and Difference; GWST 333 Perspectives on Gendered Bodies; GWST 334 – Feminist Research Methodologies; GWST 335 Feminist Theory in the Humanities; GWST 419 Gender, Dress and Fashion: Histories and Theories; GWST 430 Femininities


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

Research Interests & Projects

The Feminist-Wedding-Industrial Complex? Love and Capital in Digital Feminist Wedding Culture
Funded by SSHRC, 2018-2020

This project explores a burgeoning wedding culture that has lately emerged to produce and mediate weddings embodying values associated with intersectional feminism. Attending primarily to feminist digital wedding media, it considers the imaginaries of gender, love and capital being forged through this new wedding culture and what they might reveal about the changing relationship between capitalism and feminist and queer-identified subjects.

Selected Publications & Presentations


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.


“Fashion and Feminist Politics of the Present” and “Interview with Reina Lewis.” Australian Feminist Studies 33, no. 98 (2018). Part of special issue on Fashion co-edited by Ilya Parkins and Maryanne Dever.

“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.

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Selected Grants & Awards

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


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