Killer Style: How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed & Murdered Through History


Serah-Marie McMahon

Serah-Marie McMahon founded seminal independent magazine WORN and edited The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, and History of What We Wear published by Drawn & Quarterly. She once yelled the French word for “seal” in front of Herve Tullet. He thought it was funny.


The Worn Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, and History of What We Wear (Drawn & Quarterly, 2014)


Instagram: @serah.marie
Twitter: @serahmarie

Alison Matthews David

Dr. Alison Matthews David is an Associate Professor in the School of Fashion, Ryerson University. She has a PhD from Stanford University, has published on the history of nineteenth and early twentieth century dress. In 2018 she launched the open access journal Fashion Studies with Dr. Ben Barry. Her most recent research project, Fashion Victims, looked at how clothing physically harmed the health of its makers and wearers. It was published as a book in 2015, was a co-curated exhibition at the Bata Shoe Museum from 2014-2018. She loved Sherlock Holmes and continues her detective work and sleuthing with her current project, Unraveling Crime: A Forensic History of Fashion. It investigates the theme of crime and clothing as weapon, evidence, and disguise from 1840-1940. Unraveling Crime’s first outcome will be a collaborative exhibition in October 2020 on footwear and forensic evidence co-curated with Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum and entitled Exhibit A.


Alison Matthews David, Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present, Bloomsbury, London, (2015) Named Book of the Week, Times Higher Education, and Book of the Week, Daily Mail, UK. Translated into Mandarin, Japanese, Russian.

Alison Matthews David and Elizabeth Semmelhack, Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of 19th Century Dress, Bata Shoe Museum Exhibition, Toronto, 2014-2018

Co-founder and co-editor with Ben Barry of the open access journal Fashion Studies

Alison Matthews David. “Body Doubles: The Origins of the Fashion Mannequin” in Fashion Studies, Issue 1, June 2018, pp.1-46.


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Twitter: @Amatthewsdavid

Instagram: @alisonmd