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The Clothed Body : Dress, Body, Culture, - Patrizia Calefato

The Clothed Body

Dress, Body, Culture,

By: Patrizia Calefato, Lisa Adams (Translator)

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Published: 1st November 2004
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Translated by Lisa Adams Dress is everywhere imbued with symbols that reflect different meanings in different contexts. This compelling book convincingly demonstrates how clothing is analogous to a working language and is similarly underpinned by deeper meanings and philosophies. From tattoos and mini-skirts, to skin decoration, makeup and hair, Calefato unpicks the multiple functions of modern dress. Exploring intriguing commonalities - for example, between tattooed Egyptian mummies of 2000 BC and modern subcultural styles - Calefato considers the psychological, cultural, spiritual and symbolic significances at play in what she aptly labels 'body cartography'. What we wear is a vehicle for the (often contentious) expression of politics, gender and identity, placing clothing at the root of a complex set of messages, many of which are paradoxical. Clothing may, for example, liberate through the pleasures of masquerade and at the same time 'cage' or control the body. The Clothed Body shows how semiotics can provide a convincing template for understanding dress in a wide range of contexts and will be essential reading for anyone interested in the meaning of what we wear.

'If you like semitoics, you will love this...The author provides vivid examples to ponder from history, from popular culture, especially from film, and from her own personal experience and observation.' Textiles Magazine

Introductionp. 1
Dress, Language and Communicationp. 5
Dress and Social Identityp. 15
Style and Styles between Fashion and the Grotesquep. 27
Taste between Common Sense and Received Meaningp. 41
Everyday Modelsp. 55
The Face and the Gazep. 63
Degree Zero of Fashion and the Body: The Model, the Nude and the Dollp. 73
Intertextual Strategies and Contemporary Mythologyp. 83
Fashion and Cinemap. 91
Wearing Blackp. 109
Mass Fashion: The Role of Fashion in Musicp. 117
Timep. 123
Fashion Intertextsp. 135
Objectsp. 145
Bibliographyp. 159
Indexp. 165
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ISBN: 9781859738009
ISBN-10: 1859738001
Series: Dress, Body, Culture,
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.24  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.4