Sydney Contributors

Toni Johnson-Woods is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia. She was the inaugural President of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and is the chair of the Australia and New Zealand Studies area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. She has written on reality TV (Big Bother, 2001), animation (Blame Canada: South Park and Contemporary Culture, 2007), fashion (Fashion in Popular Culture: Literature, Media and Contemporary Studies, 2013), manga (Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives, 2010), pulp (Pulp: A Collector’s Book of Australian Pulp Fiction Covers, 2004) and popular fiction (Fact and Fiction: Readings in Australian Literature, 2008; Sold by the Millions: Australian Best Sellers, 2012). She is a member of the Society of Editors and is currently the co-editor of The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture with Vicki Karaminas.
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Vicki Karaminas is Associate Professor of Fashion Studies and Associate Head of the School of Design at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She is the president and Chair of Fashion of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (2012-2015), and the Chair for Subcultural Style and Identity for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Her book publications include The Men’s Fashion Reader (2009), Fashion in Fiction: Text and Clothing in Literature, Film and Television (2009), Fashion and Art (2012), Queer Style (2013) and Fashion in Popular Culture. Literature, Media and Contemporary Studies (2013). She is the co-editor of The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture with Toni Johnson-Woods.


Justine Taylor is a fashion designer who has been designing collections for the past 15 years. Her first label, Justine Taylor sold to Barney’s in Japan, and was stocked next to the likes of Anne Demeulemeester and Martin Margiela. Her second diffusion label, JUSTINE.TAYLOR. MADE retailed throughout Asia and Australia. Justine has taught fashion design at Whitehouse Institute of Design, Billy Blue College of Design and the University of Technology, Sydney. She is currently completing her doctorate in fashion design at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. She is the creative director of the avant-garde niche label OPUS 9.
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Kate Disher Quill is a Sydney-based photographer working primarily in portraiture, lifestyle and documentary photography. She is a visual storyteller and her projects incorporate film and multimedia as another dimension of bringing these stories to life. She worked on a personal project on the experiences of hearing loss, for which she has been awarded the 2014 POOL Grant (see