Judging by her CV, Alice is either hyperactive or an insomniac, but probably both. Although she worked for cutting-edge fashion publications, limiting her to her journalism profession would be incomplete at best, or even downright simplistic. The author of two books [Editor’s note: of which the latest is Le goût du moche (A Taste for the Ugly), published by Flammarion], she also has a master’s degree in gender studies. An insider in a world whose contradictions she willingly questions, she picks apart the close relationship between pop culture and society, feminism and fashion. Meet a socially-committed journalist.
COULD YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF?
My name is Alice Pfeiffer. I’m a fashion journalist specialized in fashion’s intersection with gender issues. I’m also the author of two books: Je ne suis pas Parisienne [I’m not Parisian] (Stock) and Le Goût du Moche [A Taste for the Ugly](Flammarion), that deal with fashion and pop culture from a sociological perspective.
COULD YOU TELL US BRIEFLY ABOUT YOUR CAREER?
I’m half English and I spent my high school and university years in London. Over there, I did a master’s degree in Gender Studies at the London School of Economics, before returning to Paris to work for the New York Times. I was a correspondent for the American and British press for a long time, and today I freelance for several French publications including Les Inrockuptibles. I’m also a professor and I recently dove head first into writing books.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT PARIS?
I love everything you don’t see in the guidebooks, anything that’s out of the box, that’s not photogenic in the Hausmannian sense of the word: the Malakoff market, communist red (and grey) suburbs, the flea markets at the Porte de Montreuil, on the eastern outskirts of Paris, skinny-dipping in the canal in Pantin. I try to get away from the picture-perfect postcard that continues to feed the world’s imagination, and build a life that’s more like me.
Instagram : @alicepfeiffer
- Photographer: Alexander Guirkinger
- Artistic Direction: Cleo Charuet
-Styling: Claire Thomson-Jonville