Through the Wardrobe: Women's Relationships with Their Clothes / Edition 1

Through the Wardrobe: Women's Relationships with Their Clothes / Edition 1

by Ali Guy
     
 

Relating to clothes is a fundamental experience in the lives of most Western women. Even when choice is fraught with ambivalence, clothing matters. From considerations about dressing for success, to worries about weight, through to investing particular articles of clothing with meaning bordering on the sacred, what we wear speaks volumes about personal identity -

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Relating to clothes is a fundamental experience in the lives of most Western women. Even when choice is fraught with ambivalence, clothing matters. From considerations about dressing for success, to worries about weight, through to investing particular articles of clothing with meaning bordering on the sacred, what we wear speaks volumes about personal identity - what is revealed, what is concealed, what is created.

This book fills a gap in the existing literature on the ambivalence of fashion and dress by drawing on a wide range of women's experiences with their wardrobes and providing empirical data noticeably absent from other studies of women and dress. Navigating what is clearly a contested realm in feminist scholarship, contributors provide rich case studies of the reality of women's relationships with clothing. While on the surface concerns about fashion or dress may appear to reflect gendered patterns, in fact clothing may be used to challenge ascribed meanings about femininity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859733837
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.68(d)
Lexile:
1380L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
1Introduction1
Pt. 1Consuming Images: Shopping Around for Identities
2Young Women and Their Wardrobes21
3Big Girls' Blouses: Learning to Live with Polyester39
4The Wedding Dress: From Use Value to Sacred Object53
5Choosing an Image: Exploring Women's Images through the Personal Shopper71
Pt. 2Constructing Images: Presenting Status and Identities in Public
6Suiting Ourselves: Women Professors Using Clothes to Signal Authority, Belonging and Personal Style97
7Minding Appearances in Female Academic Culture117
8Black Women and Self-Presentation: Appearing in (Dis)Guise137
9Resistances and Reconciliations: Women and Body Art151
Pt. 3Personal Images: Revealing and Concealing Private Selves
10'Flying on One Wing'173
11Cancer, Breast Reconstruction and Clothes189
12Dis/continued Selves: Why Do Women Keep Clothes They No Longer Wear?203
13From Closet to Wardrobe?221
14Ontological, Epistemological and Methodological Clarifications in Fashion Research: From Critique to Empirical Suggestions237
Pt. 4Reflections upon Endnotes
15Unpicking the Seams257
Bibliography263
Subject Index279
Author Index283

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