Why Women Wear What They Wear

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Each morning we establish an image and an identity for ourselves through the simple act of getting dressed. Why Women Wear What They Wear presents an intimate ethnography of clothing choice.

The book uses real women's lives and clothing decisions - observed and discussed at the moment of getting dressed - to illustrate theories of clothing, the body and identity. Woodward pieces together what women actually think about clothing, dress and the body in a world where popular media ...

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Overview

Each morning we establish an image and an identity for ourselves through the simple act of getting dressed. Why Women Wear What They Wear presents an intimate ethnography of clothing choice.

The book uses real women's lives and clothing decisions - observed and discussed at the moment of getting dressed - to illustrate theories of clothing, the body and identity. Woodward pieces together what women actually think about clothing, dress and the body in a world where popular media and culture presents an increasingly extreme and distorted view of femininity and the ideal body.

Immediately accessible to all those who have stood in front of a mirror and wondered 'does this make me look fat?', 'is this skirt really me?' or 'does this jacket match?', Why Women Wear What They Wear provides students of anthropology and fashion with a fresh perspective on the social issues and constraints we are all consciously or unconsciously negotiating when we get dressed.

About the Author:
Sophie Woodward is Lecturer at University College for the Creative Arts, and Nottingham Trent School of Art and Design Research Associate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845206994
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Series: Materializing Culture Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophie Woodward is Lecturer at University College for the Creative Arts, and Research Associate at Nottingham Trent University.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     1
Understanding Women and Their Wardrobes     9
Hanging Out in the Home and the Bedroom     31
But What Were You Wearing? Clothes and Memories     51
Looking Good, Feeling Right: The Aesthetics of Getting Dressed     67
Looking in the Mirror: Seeing and Being Seen     83
Mothers, Daughters, Friends: Dressing in Relationships     101
Fashion: Making and Breaking the Rules     119
Dressing Up and Dressing Down: Can You Wear Jeans?     135
Conclusions     153
Bibliography     159
Index     169
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