Fashion In Focus: Concepts, Practices and Politics

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The study of fashion has exploded in recent decades, yet quite what this all means, quite where it might take us, is not clear. This new book helps to bring fashion into focus, with a comprehensive guide to the key theories, perspectives and developments in the field.

Tim Edwards includes coverage of all the major theories of fashion, including recent scholarship, alongside subcultural analysis and an in-depth look at production. Individual topics include:

• Men’s fashion, masculinity and the suit

• Women’s fashion and the role of sexuality

• Children, the body and fashion

• The role of celebrity and designer label culture

• Globalisation and the production of fashion

Fashion in Focus is the ideal companion for students in the arts and social sciences, especially those studying issues such as fashion, gender, sexuality and consumer culture.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book will form a most valuable addition to the existing literature & will be very, very useful for those of us who teach Cultural Studies to large numbers of fashion students. Tim Edwards has the rare ability to render complex ideas accessible, and he writes beautifully [...] his books are a pleasure to read." - Pamela Church Gibson, London College of Fashion

"The book provides a useful and concise summary of the main sociological traditions of fashion studies…it addresses and advances some hitherto neglected areas of fashion studies, including the nature and role of masculinity in fashion and non-marxist approaches to production and consumption." - Malcolm Barnard, Loughborough University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415447942
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/30/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Edwards is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester. He has published and researched widely in the areas of masculinities, sexuality, fashion and consumer culture. He is the author of Cultures of Masculinity (2006).

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Fashion Foundations

Chapter Two: The Classical Tradition – Early Perspectives on Fashion

Chapter Three: The Clothes Maketh The Man – Masculinity, The Suit and Men’s Fashion

Chapter Four: The Woman Question: Fashion, Feminism and Fetishism

Chapter Five: Who Are You Kidding? Children, Fashion and Consumption

Chapter Six: Express Yourself – The Politics of Dressing Up

Chapter Seven: From Rags to Riches – Fashion Production

Chapter Eight: Desiring Subjects – The Designer Label and the Cult of Celebrity

Conclusion: The Fashion Invasion

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