On Fashion / Edition 1

On Fashion / Edition 1

by Shari Benstock, Suzanne Ferriss
     
 

Until recently, fashion was considered the "F-word" in intellectual circles, dismissed as unworthy of serious attention. Yet no area of life, no individual moment, stands outside fashion's discourses. Intuitively, we all know that clothing is a language, incessantly communicating messages about its wearer. But who speaks this language, to whom is it

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Until recently, fashion was considered the "F-word" in intellectual circles, dismissed as unworthy of serious attention. Yet no area of life, no individual moment, stands outside fashion's discourses. Intuitively, we all know that clothing is a language, incessantly communicating messages about its wearer. But who speaks this language, to whom is it addressed, what does it mean, and how are its meanings established and transformed? On Fashion explores the ways our material, political, psychological, sexual, even intellectual lives are woven into fashion's fabric.

This stimulating collection of essays explores fashion's symbolic and figurative functions in photography, cinema, and video; in consumerism, postmodernism, and feminism; in political and material culture; and in self-definition and subjectivity. They demonstrate the pervasive reach of fashion and its expressions.

This collection contains over sixty photographs and illustrations and includes essays by Barbara Brodman, Mary Ann Caws, Linda Benn DeLibero, Hlne Cixous, Diana Fuss, Cheryl Herr, Karla Jay, Deborah Jenson, Douglas Kellner, Ingeborg Majer O'Sickey, Leslie W. Rabine, Andrew Ross, Sonia Rykiel, Carol Shloss, Kaja Silverman, Maureen Turim, and Iris Marion Young.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813520339
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Barbie Magazine and the Aesthetic Commodification of Girls' Bodies21
This Year's Girl: A Personal/Critical History of Twiggy41
A Woman's Two Bodies: Fashion Magazines, Consumerism, and Feminism59
No Bumps, No Excrescences: Amelia Earhart's Failed Flight into Fashions76
Sonia Rykiel in Translation95
From Celebration100
Off the (W)rack: Fashion and Pain in the Work of Diane Arbus111
An Erotics of Representation: Fashioning the Icon with Man Ray125
Seduction and Elegance: The New Woman of Fashion in Silent Cinema140
Madonna, Fashion, and Identity159
Fragments of a Fashionable Discourse183
Women Recovering Our Clothes197
Fashion and the Homospectatorial Look211
Terrorist Chic: Style and Domination in Contemporary Ireland235
Paris or Perish: The Plight of the Latin American Indian in a Westernized World267
Tribalism in Effect284
Selected Bibliography301
Contributors' Notes303
Index307

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