The Clothed Body

Overview

What do tattooed Egyptian mummies of 2000 BC have in common with modern sub-cultural styles? From mini-skirts to skin decoration, make-up to hair, dress is imbued with symbols that reflect different meanings in different contexts. Calefato picks apart the multiple functions of modern dress, considering the psychological, cultural, spiritual and symbolic significances at play. What we wear is a vehicle for the (often contentious) expression of politics, gender and identity and therefore clothing is at the root of ...

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Overview

What do tattooed Egyptian mummies of 2000 BC have in common with modern sub-cultural styles? From mini-skirts to skin decoration, make-up to hair, dress is imbued with symbols that reflect different meanings in different contexts. Calefato picks apart the multiple functions of modern dress, considering the psychological, cultural, spiritual and symbolic significances at play. What we wear is a vehicle for the (often contentious) expression of politics, gender and identity and therefore clothing is at the root of a complex set of messages, many 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859738054
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Series: Dress, Body, Culture Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrizia Calefato is Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Pratiche Linguistiche e Analisi di Testi, Università degli Studi di Bari. She is Deputy President of the Italian Association of Semiotic Studies and serves on the Executive Committee of the Società Italiana delle Letterate (Italian Society of Women in Literature).

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Table of Contents

Dress, Language and Communication
• Dress and Social Identity
• Style and Styles between Fashion and the Grotesque
• Taste between Common Sense and Received Meaning
• Writing the Body
• Men's Bodies, Women's Bodies
• Everyday Models
• The Face and the Gaze
• Degree Zero of Fashion and the Body: The Model, the Nude and the Doll
• Fashion and the World
• Fashion and Cinema
• Wearing Black
• Fashion and Music
• Time
• Fashion Intertexts
• Objects

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