Exploring the Intersections of Fashion, Film, and Media
This special issue belongs to a series of activities under the umbrella denomination “Studying and Exploring the Intersections of Fashion, Film, and Media Studies,” created in 2014 by film scholar Anne Bachmann and I. Our goal was to promote an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of fashion, film, and media. This venture was launched with two activities at the 2015 edition of the annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, in Montreal. The first activity consisted of a panel featuring the on-going projects of four Ph.D. students working with these combined fields. The second activity consisted of a workshop, in which presentations opened to discussions addressing how the use of archival material and film fan magazines, combined with film studies’ methodological approach to history, could benefit fashion research. This workshop expanded into a Symposium at Stockholm University featuring established scholars who pioneered research in these fields of studies combined. This special issue of Networking Knowledge seeks to include early career researchers in such conversation, broadening the network of scholars and the combined field of expertise. Since its inception, a historical approach has been encouraged by the founders of this project. Yet, the semiotic roots used for textual analysis of costume design shall not be overlooked. In this sense, this special issue intends to present a panorama of the heterogeneous nature of studies in these interconnected fields.
 The panel was titled “Industry Crossovers: Key Women in Fashion, Film, and Media,” with Michelle Tolini Finamore as respondent, SCMS Conference, Montreal.
 The workshop featured presentations by Tamar Jeffers McDonald, Jenny Romero, and Elizabeth Castaldo Lundén. Because Fashion Matters: Studying the Intersections of Fashion, Film, and Media, SCMS Conference, Montreal, 29th March 2015.