Hackett, Lisa J.

University of New England

Lisa J. Hackett is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Sociology at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.  Her thesis examines the reasons why women choose to wear 1950s style clothing in the current context.  Her research incorporates material culture studies, fashion history, media, and popular culture.  Her recent article “The size of the problem with the problem of sizing: How clothing measurement systems have misrepresented women’s bodies, from the 1920s to today” was published in Clothing Cultures in June 2018.

Email | lhacket3@myune.edu.au

Phone | 61 430 550407

Mail | Room 142, E11, Armidale, NSW, 2351, Australia


  • Articles
    Introduction Many people’s knowledge of history is gleaned through popular culture. As a result there is likely a blurring of history with myth. This is one of the criticisms of historical romance novels, which blur historical details with fictional representations. As a result of this the genre is often dismissed from serious academic scholarship. The other reason...Read more
  • Editorial
    Welcome to the ‘bubbles’ issue of M/C Journal. When we first pitched the idea of ‘bubbles’ for an issue of M/C Journal it was 2019, several months before COVID-19 was identified in Wuhan, China, and the resulting pandemic that brought the term ‘bubble’ to prominence in ways we had not even imagined. Our pre-pandemic line of enquiry focussed on how bubbles manifested...Read more
  • Articles
    Retro fashion trends continue to be a feature of the contemporary clothing market, providing alternate configurations of womanhood from which women can fashion their identities (Hackett). This article examines the design attributes of 1950s-style clothing, that some women choose to wear over more contemporary styles. The 1950s style can be located in a distinctly hourglass design that...Read more
  • Articles
    Wearing clothing from the past is all the rage now. Different styles and aesthetics of vintage and historical clothing, original or appropriated, are popular with fashion wearers and home sewers. Social media is rich with images of anachronistic clothing and the major...Read more
  • Articles
    The 1950s era appears to hold a nostalgic place in contemporary memories and current cultural practices. While the 1950s is a period that can signify a time from the late 1940s to the early 1960s (Guffey, 100), the era is often represented as a liminal space or dream world, mediated to reflect current desires. It is a dream-like world, situated half way between the mediated vision of the...Read more