The Fashioned Body: Fashion, Dress and Modern Social Theory
July 2000, Polity
In examining fashion in relation to the body, the book offers a much needed synthesis between the literature on fashion and dress, which has tended to ignore the body, and the sociology of the body, which has tended to marginalize fashion and dress. Entwistle shows how an understanding of fashion and dress requires an understanding of the meanings acquired by the body in culture - since it is the body that fashion speaks to and which is dressed in almost all social situations and encounters. She argues that while fashion refers to a specific system of dress originating in the west, all cultures 'dress' the body in the same way, making it a crucial feature of social order. Drawing on the work of Douglas, Foucault, Merleau-Ponty, Goffman and Bourdieu, the book offers insights into the connections that need to be made between the body, fashion and dress, arguing for an account of fashion and dress as 'situated bodily practice'.
The Fashioned Body will be an invaluable resource for students and academics interested in the social role of fashion and dress in modern culture and will also be of interest to students and researchers in the areas of consumption, cultural studies, gender studies and feminist theory.
1. Addressing the Body.
2. Theorizing Fashion and Dress.
3. Fashion, Dress and Social Change.
4. Fashion and Identity.
5. Fashion and Gender.
6. Fashion, Adornment and Sexuality.
7. The Fashion Industry.
* Offers an original approach to the study of fashion in modern society using a combined historical and sociological perspective.
* Draws on the work of key theorists such as Douglas, Foucault, Goffman and Bourdieu in order to provide an insight into the corrections between the body, fashion and dress.
Daniel Miller, University College, London
"The Fashioned Body by Joanne Entwistle is an important acquisition for historians or students of fashion because the author rejects all overarching or reductive theories and, instead, examines fashion as something that is both produced and consumed. Traditionally, writers in this field tend to examine the garment business or how clothes are selected and operate as signifiers of identity. Entwistle believes that there is no need to separate these two approaches, and she illustrates successfully how fashion is the result of a complex range of practices."
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