I'm in a change room, flailing around with a dress stuck over my head, trying desperately not to alert the sales assistant to my struggles. Not every change-room experience is as humiliating as this, but the frequent frustrations and 'bad fits' are like loose threads threatening to unravel the self-esteem of just about every shopper.
From corsets to skinny jeans, we have always fretted about our body shapes and why it's so damn difficult to find a good fit. In this bold and entertaining book, Mel Campbell examines the tensions that have always existed in clothing between our cultural ideals and our own bodies. Through lively interviews, her own experiences, and visits to vintage fairs, museums and galleries, Mel explores why we are still so critical of our various shapes and restricted by old-fashioned values.
Challenging our perceptions of fashion and debunking myths about size and fit, Out of Shape reveals how, when it comes to clothes, the past and present are cut from the same cloth.
About the Author
Mel Campbell is a Melbourne-based journalist who specialises in popular culture. She is founding editor of online magazine the Enthusiast, and national film editor at the Thousands city guides. Out of Shape is her first book.
‘Illuminating, fascinating and utterly necessary, Out of Shape is a clear-eyed look at the anxiety-inducing intersection between clothes, body shape and – most, importantly – sizing.’ - Benjamin Law
‘Original, witty and thought-provoking…you’ll never look at a rack of clothes in the same way again.’ - Monica Dux
‘Smart, sassy and honest…a timely plea for acceptance of idiosyncracy and individual flair over narrow and mindless assumptions about the body beautiful.’ - Sydney Morning Herald & Saturday Age
‘Intellectually charged, feminist and smart.’ - Jessica Au, Readings
‘A smart, meticulous and well-researched examination of clothes and society.’ - Newtown Review of Books