On Fashion / Edition 1

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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, incessesantly communicating messages about its wearer. But who speaks this language, to whom it is addressed, what does it mean, and how are its meanings established and tranformed? 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. The collection contains over sixty photographs and illustrations and includes essays by Barbara Brodman, Mary Ann Caws, Helene Cixous, Linda Benn DeLibero, 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: 2/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

SHARI BENSTOCK is a professor of English at the University of Miami and the author of Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900-1940 and Textualizing the Feminine: On the Limits of Genre.

SUZANNE FERRISS is an assistant professor in the liberal arts department at Nova University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Barbie Magazine and the Aesthetic Commodification of Girls' Bodies 21
This Year's Girl: A Personal/Critical History of Twiggy 41
A Woman's Two Bodies: Fashion Magazines, Consumerism, and Feminism 59
No Bumps, No Excrescences: Amelia Earhart's Failed Flight into Fashions 76
Sonia Rykiel in Translation 95
From Celebration 100
Off the (W)rack: Fashion and Pain in the Work of Diane Arbus 111
An Erotics of Representation: Fashioning the Icon with Man Ray 125
Seduction and Elegance: The New Woman of Fashion in Silent Cinema 140
Madonna, Fashion, and Identity 159
Fragments of a Fashionable Discourse 183
Women Recovering Our Clothes 197
Fashion and the Homospectatorial Look 211
Terrorist Chic: Style and Domination in Contemporary Ireland 235
Paris or Perish: The Plight of the Latin American Indian in a Westernized World 267
Tribalism in Effect 284
Selected Bibliography 301
Contributors' Notes 303
Index 307
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