Masafumi Monden is an emerging fashion and cultural studies scholar specializing in Japanese culture. He has been invited to speak at national and international symposiums including The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology Annual Symposium, New York and The Asian Art Museum’s Global Impact of Japanese Fashion public seminar, San Francisco.
He regularly publishes in high quality presses such as the Yale University Press, Bloomsbury and the University of California Press in the areas of men’s and women’s clothing, Japan, art, youth and popular culture. His first book, Japanese Fashion Cultures is released from Bloomsbury Academic (2015). The book investigates the complexities of dress and gender, and demonstrates the flexible nature of contemporary fashion and style exchange in an increasingly global context. It is listed for Grazia Magazine Middle-East’s “one of eight must-read books on how race and racism impact fashion and garment production,” 2020.