''Glamazons' of Pop: The Enigma of the Female Military-Styled Pop Star: Kate Bush and Madonna

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''Glamazons' of Pop : The Enigma of the Female Military-Styled Pop Star: Kate Bush and Madonna. / Langkjær, Michael Alexander.

Fashion-Wise. ed. / Maria Vaccarella; Jacque Lynn Foltyn. eBook. ed. Oxford : Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013. p. 79-90 (Critical Issues Series 'Ethos').

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

Harvard

Langkjær, MA 2013, ''Glamazons' of Pop: The Enigma of the Female Military-Styled Pop Star: Kate Bush and Madonna. in M Vaccarella & JL Foltyn (eds), Fashion-Wise. eBook edn, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, Critical Issues Series 'Ethos', pp. 79-90.

APA

Langkjær, M. A. (2013). ''Glamazons' of Pop: The Enigma of the Female Military-Styled Pop Star: Kate Bush and Madonna. In M. Vaccarella, & J. L. Foltyn (Eds.), Fashion-Wise (eBook ed., pp. 79-90). Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. Critical Issues Series 'Ethos'

Vancouver

Langkjær MA. ''Glamazons' of Pop: The Enigma of the Female Military-Styled Pop Star: Kate Bush and Madonna. In Vaccarella M, Foltyn JL, editors, Fashion-Wise. eBook ed. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. 2013. p. 79-90. (Critical Issues Series 'Ethos').

Author

Langkjær, Michael Alexander. / ''Glamazons' of Pop : The Enigma of the Female Military-Styled Pop Star: Kate Bush and Madonna. Fashion-Wise. editor / Maria Vaccarella ; Jacque Lynn Foltyn. eBook. ed. Oxford : Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013. pp. 79-90 (Critical Issues Series 'Ethos').

Bibtex

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