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“People find it quite interesting that you would have something to say about fashion that would have any substance to it.”

"I didn’t want to move into superficial areas like women’s magazines or fashion journalism. I found style blogging had developed so quickly without much reflection and was worth investigating further."

  • Style blogger

    I started Fashademic in March 2010 when I commenced my candidature at the University of Sydney, but I've been reading style blogs since late 2008. This is totes a methodological exercise as I learn by 'doing the thing itself.' It's my space to explore ideas, to reblog the interesting or beautiful things I find online and to post pictures of my outfits (... enjoy.) As well as a full-time student, I'm a freelance writer and social media consultant for fashion brands, and I work in a wonderful fashion boutique in Sydney. I consider myself ridiculously lucky to do what I do. I also have strong feelings for red plaid, orange lipstick, anything sheer, navy or by Dries Van Noten and if you do too you've come to the exact right place.

  • PhD

    I'm an Australian fashion nerd writing my PhD on style blogs. I'm interested in the blur between fashion and expressions of selfhood online, as well as the outflowing consequences of style blogging on communication of fashion knowledge, notions of publics and privacy, and the increasing commodification of individuals.

  • Bachelor of Arts Advanced (Honours)

    I had an interest in fashion for a long time, particularly as a form of self-expression. I did my undergraduate (Arts Adv) with a double major in Performance Studies and English. It wasn't untill honours that I realised there was such a discipline as 'fashion theory' and I completed my thesis on Australian Fashion Week.


    A short documentary by Lindy Napier featuring Rosie Findlay, an Australian PhD student studying style blogs, with music by Sleepyhands. Featured photographs are the copyrighted property of the style bloggers who produced them.


How to Apply

  • How to apply for a research degree

    Applying for entry to a research degree requires some time and preparation.

  • Step 1. Identify and establish an academic contact/potential supervisor

    Contact a member of academic staff to send your initial research proposal to. Use our Research Supervisor Connect tool to find them.

  • Step 2. Develop and submit an initial research proposal

    Once you have initiated discussions with an academic contact, you should prepare your initial research proposal of around 500 words.

  • Step 3. Revise and finalise your research proposal

    In conjunction with your academic contact, refine your research proposal ready for submission of your formal application.

  • Step 4. Identify and contact two academic referees

    Once you have completed the proposal and had it reviewed by your academic contact, you’re ready to submit your application.

  • Step 6. Submit your application

    All research applications are made online through the Find a course database. For PhD applications, go to Find a Course, search for 'Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)' and pick your faculty. Click 'apply now' and follow the instructions.

  • Please note

    You may be required to provide supporting documentation. All documents submitted need to be either original or certified according to the University's Certification of Documents Guidelines (PDF 40KB).

  • Note for International students

    The University of Sydney has many scholarships available for international students.

  • Note for local students

    Domestic research students are exempt from paying fees for the duration of their course.

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