Fetish : Fashion, Sex and Power

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This study analyzes the relationship between fashion and fetishism. Treating fashion as a symbolic system linked to the expression of sexuality, it marshals an array of evidence from pornography, psychology and historical literature to illuminate this relationship. Is it fashion or fetish when fashion magazines feature the straps and stilettos of the dominatrix? Is the corset, whether worn by men or women, a "style" or a "perversion"? The author charts the boundaries of the "normal" and the "perverse", and shows how even the most bizarre-seeming clothing fetishes enable their wearers to use clothing to express their social and sexual identities.
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  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 183.9 x 261.4 x 21.8mm | 746.47g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 24 pp colour illustrations, halftones
  • 0195090446
  • 9780195090444

About Valerie Steele

Valerie Steele is a cultural historian specializing in the history of fashion. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University and teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Dr. Steele has appeared frequently on television and radio. Her other books include Fashion and Eroticism, Paris Fashion, Men and Women: Dressing the Part, and Women of Fashion.
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