Ben Barry

Ben Barry
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Using design and art-informed approaches, he unleashes fashion as a research context to explore, engage and empower communities on issues of identity and social justice.

Dr. Ben Barry is a Director of the FCAD Centre for Fashion Diversity and Social Change and Associate Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Fashion. Using design and art-informed approaches, he unleashes fashion as a research context to explore, engage and empower communities on issues of identity and social justice. He is currently Principal Investigator on a SSHRC-funded project, Refashioning Masculinity (http://refashioningmasculinity.com), that explores how fashion can illuminate the challenges that men experience due to gender codes and the opportunities to use fashion to reimagine masculinity. The project culminated in a fashion show that featured the interview participants and created a community dialogue about masculinity. His is currently writing book on this project that is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. His research has been published in The International Journal of Advertising, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, among other peer-reviewed journals. His work has also been featured in The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets. In addition to his academic work, he has consulted with UK and Quebec Governments to develop public policies that foster body confidence as well as with international fashion brands to develop strategies that embrace diversity. Ben holds a BA in women’s studies from the University of Toronto as well as a MPhil in Innovation and Strategy and PhD in Management from Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge


Publications:

Barry, Ben. “Selling whose dream? A taxonomy of aspiration in fashion imagery.” Fashion, Style & Popular Culture 1.2 (2014): 175-192.

Barry, Ben. “Expanding the male ideal: The need for diversity in men’s fashion advertisements.” Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion 1.3 (2014): 275-293.

Barry, Ben. “Does my bottom line look big in this? Strategic model selection to attract North American and Chinese women.” Strategic Direction 29.1 (2012): 3-5.

Barry, Ben, and Dylan Martin. “Dapper dudes: Young men’s fashion consumption and expressions of masculinity.” Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion 2.1 (2015): 5-21.

Barry, Ben, and Barbara Phillips. “Destabilizing the gaze towards male fashion models: Expanding men’s gender and sexuality identities.” Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion 3.1 (2016): 17-35.

Barry, Ben. “The toxic lining of men’s fashion consumption: The omnipresent force of hegemonic masculinity.” Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion 2.2-3 (2015): 143-161.

Barry, Ben, and Dylan Martin. “Gender rebels: inside the wardrobes of young gay men with subversive style.” Fashion, Style & Popular Culture 3.2 (2016): 225-250.