Karen de Perthuis

Dr Karen de Perthuis is a writer and academic who teaches in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney and UNSW Art & Design. She has written on fashion, dress and culture for a number of scholarly and popular publications and is a regular contributor to The Monthly.


  • 2010–present
    Sessional Academic in Visual Communication, University of Western Sydney
  • 2014–present
    Sessional Academic (Lecturer, Course Convenor), COFA, UNSW


  • 2003 
    University of Sydney, PhD


  • 2014
    Fashion’s image: the complex world of the fashion photograph, Companion to Photography (book chapter)
  • 2014
    The Mechanical Smile and the First Fashion Shows in France and America, 1900-1929, by Caroline Evans, Book Review, Fashion Theory
  • 2012
    I am style: Tilda Swinton as Emma in Luca Guadagnino’s 'I Am Love', Film, Fashion & Consumption
  • 2008
    Beyond perfection: the fashion model in the age of digital manipulation, Fashion as Photograph (book chapter)
  • 2005
    The synthetic ideal: the fashion model and photographic manipulation, Fashion Theory

Grants and Contracts

  • 2007
    Thesis to Book Project
    Post-Doctoral Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council Linkage Project | The University of Sydney/Pan Macmillan