José Blanco F. was born in San José, Costa Rica. He is an associate professor in the Department of Fashion Merchandising and Design at Dominican University in Chicago. 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.

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