José Blanco F. was born in San José, Costa Rica. He is an associate professor in the Department of Fashion Merchandising and Design. His research focuses on dress and popular culture in the second half of the twentieth century, with an emphasis on male fashion. He is also interested in fashion and visual culture in Latin America. José has contributed numerous chapters in readers including The Fashion Reader, The Handbook of Masculinity Studies, The Fashion Business Reader, The Meanings of Dress, Transglobal Fashion Narratives: Clothing Communication, Style Statements and Brand Storytelling. He has published essays in journals including Fashion Theory, Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, Dress, and The Journal of Popular Culture. He has co-authored with Raúl J. Vázquez-López several articles and book chapters on Puerto Rican dress, costume, and fashion.

José is also the general editor of the multi-award winning four-volume encyclopedia Clothing and Fashion: American Fashion from Head to Toe, a co-author for the textbook Guide to Producing a Fashion Show, and co-editor of the the recently published Fashion, Dress and Post-Postmodernism.

PhD, Theatre, Florida State University
Research Interests 

Dress and popular culture in the second half of the twentieth century, with an emphasis on male fashion.
Fashion and visual culture in Latin America.

Selected Publications 

Blanco F., J. & Reilly, A. [Eds.] (2020). Fashion and Post-Postmodernism. London: Bloomsbury.

Blanco F., J. (in press, 2021). “The Postmodern Era.” In Linda Welters and Abby Lillethun [Eds.], The Fashion Reader. 3rd Edition. London: Bloomsbury.

Reilly, A., & Blanco F., José. (2020). “Masculinities in Fashion and Dress.” In L. Gottzén, U. Mellström, & T. Shefer [Eds.], Handbook of Masculinity Studies. London: Routledge.

Everett, Judith C., Kristen K. Swanson, and José Blanco F. (2019). Guide to Producing a Fashion Show. New York: Fairchild.

Blanco F., José. Chapter Editor (2019). “Part I: History of Fashion and Product Development.” In Joseph H. Hancock and Anne Pierson-Smith [Eds.] The Fashion Business Reader. London: Bloomsbury.

Blanco F., J., and Vázquez-López, R. J. (2019). “Dressing the Jíbaros: Puerto Rican Peasants’ Clothing through Time and Space.” In eds. Kimberly A. Miller-Spillman and Andrew Reilly, The Meanings of Dress (4th Edition). New York: Fairchild.


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