Alexandra Jacobs, “Trending: How Fashion Has Gone From Class to Mass (and Maybe Mess)”
In this lecture, Alexandra Jacobs will discuss how a set of “magazine queens”—a feminine counterpart to the Mad Men dramatized on television—rose to power in the twentieth century and began dictating with considerable success what American women wore. She will examine how their successors have been challenged by consumers and merchants collaboratively enraptured with so-called social media.
Alexandra Jacobs is a fashion critic and features writer at The New York Times, where she previously was an editor in the Styles section and contributes frequently to the Book Review and other sections. She has also written for The New Yorker and many other publications, and was a co-editor of The Kingdom of New York: Knights, Knaves, Billionaires, and Beauties in the City of Big Shots.