#NTUMastered Spotlight: Glenys Johnson

Our latest Spotlight piece features MA Culture, Style and Fashion student Glenys Johnson

From 'Lesbians in Levis: Denim as a Queer Female Signifier’, Glenys Johnson, MA Culture, Style and Fashion 2019
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From 'Lesbians in Levis: Denim as a Queer Female Signifier’, Glenys Johnson, MA Culture, Style and Fashion 2019

In the run-up to Mastered, we will be sharing a series of student projects from across the participating courses through #NTUMastered Spotlights.

'Lesbians in Levis: Denim as a Queer Female Signifier’

For my MA thesis, I have chosen to explore the relationship between denim and the depictions of queer females throughout 1990s and 2000s TV. ‘Lesbians in Levis: Denim as a Queer Female Signifier’ explores how denim is used to communicate various messages around queerness in the wardrobes of figures from various popular programmes including Ellen, The L Word and Brookside.

I came to this topic through an interest in dissecting what it means to ‘look like a lesbian’, while tapping into my background of working with denim and working as a professional writer for the last eight years.  As we move into what some consider to be a ‘post-gay’ society, I believe this era to be an especially interesting time for the representation of queer women and therefore saw it as important to document and analyse.

From 'Lesbians in Levis: Denim as a Queer Female Signifier’, Glenys Johnson, MA Culture, Style and Fashion 2019
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From 'Lesbians in Levis: Denim as a Queer Female Signifier’, Glenys Johnson, MA Culture, Style and Fashion 2019

Through using the selected TV programmes as a case study, I was able to theorise how denim was used to signal to audiences important aspects of the queer female identity. During my time at NTU, I have also explored topics such as inclusivity in the world of female indie magazines, and analysing the relationship between labour and subcultural youth in film.

Moving forward from this MA, I intend to angle my career more towards the cultural or academic sector to pursue more journalistic writing.

Glenys Johnson, MA Culture, Style and Fashion

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#NTUMastered Spotlight: Glenys Johnson

Published on 25 June 2019
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Current students; School of Art & Design

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