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Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style

Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style

by Shira Tarrant
     
 

ISBN-10: 143844320X

ISBN-13: 9781438443201

Pub. Date: 09/01/2012

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Essays on the politics of everyday style.

Fashion Talks is a vibrant look at the politics of everyday style. Shira Tarrant and Marjorie Jolles bring together essays that cover topics such as lifestyle Lolitas, Hollywood baby bumps, haute couture hijab, gender fluidity, steampunk, and stripper shoes, and engage readers with accessible and thoughtful

Overview

Essays on the politics of everyday style.

Fashion Talks is a vibrant look at the politics of everyday style. Shira Tarrant and Marjorie Jolles bring together essays that cover topics such as lifestyle Lolitas, Hollywood baby bumps, haute couture hijab, gender fluidity, steampunk, and stripper shoes, and engage readers with accessible and thoughtful analyses of real-world issues. This collection explores whether style can shift the limiting boundaries of race, class, gender, and sexuality, while avoiding the traps with which it attempts to rein us in. Fashion Talks will appeal to cultural critics, industry insiders, mainstream readers, and academic experts who are curious about the role fashion plays in the struggles over identity, power, and the status quo.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438443201
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Pages:
273
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Feminism Confronts Fashion Marjorie Jolles Shira Tarrant 1

I Dressing the Body: The Politics of Gender and Sexuality

Chapter 1 Fashioning a Feminist Style, Or, How I Learned to Dress from Reading Feminist Theory Astrid Henry 13

Chapter 2 Dressing Left: Conforming, Transforming, and Shifting Masculine Style Shira Tarrant 33

Chapter 3 The Baby Bump Is the New Birkin Renée Ann Cramer 53

Chapter 4 Fashion as Adaptation: The Case of American Idol Leslie Heywood Justin R. Garcia 67

Chapter 5 My Mannequin, Myself: Embodiment in Fashion's Mirror Denise Witzig 83

Chapter 6 Life's Too Short to Wear Comfortable Shoes: Femme-ininity and Sex Work Jayne Swift 99

Chapter 7 Japanese Lolita: Challenging Sexualized Style and the Little-Girl Look Kathryn A. Hardy Bernal 117

II Fashion Choices: The Ethics of Consumption, Production, and Style

Chapter 8 Glam Abaya: Contemporary Emirati Couture Jan C. Kreidler 135

Chapter 9 Ado(red), Abhor(red), Disappea(red): Fashioning Race, Poverty, and Morality under Product (Red)™ Evangeline M. Heiliger 149

Chapter 10 The Lady Is a Vamp: Cruella de Vil and the Cultural Politics of Fur Catherine Spooner 165

Chapter 11 Something Borrowed, Something Blue: What's an Indie Bride to Do? Elline Lipkin 179

Chapter 12 Steampunk: Stylish Subversion and Colonial Chic Diana M. Pho Jaymee Goh 191

Chapter 13 DIY Fashion and Going Bust: Wearing Feminist Politics in the Twenty-First Century Jo Reger 209

Chapter 14 Stylish Contradiction: Mix-and-Match as the Fashion of Feminist Ambivalence Marjorie Jolles 227

About the Authors 245

Index 251

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