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Body dressing (Dress, Body, Culture S.) : Dress, Body, Culture (Paperback) - Elizabeth Wilson

Body dressing (Dress, Body, Culture S.)

Dress, Body, Culture (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 1st June 2001
ISBN: 9781859734445
Number Of Pages: 264

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For some time now the body has been a central topic across a range of social science disciplines. Similarly, there has been a growing interest in the cultural meaning of clothing. But curiously, even though people are nearly always clothed, the relationship between dress and the body has been relatively unexplored until now. Dress is a crucial aspect of embodiment, shaping the self physically and psychologically. From dressing up to dressing down, this book exposes the complex ways that fashions and costumes render the body presentable in a vast range of social situations. It investigates the varied ways in which western and non-western clothes operate to give the body meaning and situate it within culture. The authors consider different approaches to the relationship between fashion, dress and the body, and present new theoretical models for their future study. They demonstrate the importance of the concept of 'embodiment' to dress and fashion studies. Exploring gender, photography, cultural history and modernity, this book deals with a vast range of questions inherent in dressing up the body. From fashion photography in the 1960s to contemporary queer fashion and the history of the masquerade, this is a fascinating and far-reaching collection. Its breadth and depth make it essential reading for anyone interested in style, costume, the body, gender or history.

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"Very impressive. Every paper is well written, refreshing, and interesting ... These authors are doing something new and worthwhile ... Any sociologist with an interest in either embodiment or fashion will find more than enough of interest here." --American Journal of Sociology

Introduction Body Dressingp. 1
Referencesp. 8
Theoretical Approachesp. 12
Dress Needs: Reflections on the Clothed Body, Selfhood and Consumptionp. 13
Notesp. 30
Referencesp. 31
The Dressed Bodyp. 33
Referencesp. 55
Shop-Window Dummies? Fashion, the Body, and Emergent Socialitiesp. 59
Notesp. 74
Referencesp. 75
Minding Appearances: Style, Truth, and Subjectivityp. 79
Referencesp. 98
From Fashion to Masquerade: towards an Ungendered Paradigmp. 103
Referencesp. 114
Historical Case Studiesp. 120
When They Are Veyl'd on Purpose to Be Seene: the Metamorphosis of the Mask in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Londonp. 121
Referencesp. 140
Performing Selfhood: the Costumed Body as a Site of Mediation between Life, Art and the Theatre in the English Renaissancep. 143
Referencesp. 162
Manliness, Modernity and the Shaping of Male Clothingp. 165
Referencesp. 181
Embodying the Single Girl in the 1960sp. 183
Notesp. 196
Referencesp. 197
Contemporary Case Studiesp. 200
Desire and Dread: Alexander Mcqueen and the Contemporary Femme Fatalep. 201
Notesp. 212
Referencesp. 213
Fashioning the Queer Selfp. 215
Notesp. 229
Referencesp. 230
Dress, Gender and the Public Display of Skinp. 233
Notesp. 250
Referencesp. 250
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9781859734445
ISBN-10: 1859734448
Series: Dress, Body, Culture (Paperback)
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st June 2001
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1