Thinking Through Fashion

Thinking Through Fashion : A Guide to Key Theorists

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Learning how to think through fashion is both exciting and challenging, being dependent on one's ability to critically engage with an array of theories and concepts. This is the first book designed to accompany readers through the process of thinking through fashion. It aims to help them grasp both the relevance of social and cultural theory to fashion, dress, and material culture and, conversely, the relevance of those fields to social and cultural theory. It does so by offering a guide through the work of selected major thinkers, introducing their concepts and ideas. Each chapter is written by an expert contributor and is devoted to a key thinker, capturing the significance of their thought to the understanding of the field of fashion, while also assessing the importance of this field for a critical engagement with these thinkers' ideas.This is a guide and reference for students and scholars in the fields of fashion, dress and material culture, the creative industries, sociology, cultural history, design and cultural studies.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 22.86mm | 490g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 19 integrated bw
  • 178076734X
  • 9781780767345
  • 43,807

Table of contents



Introduction to Thinking through Fashion
Agnes Rocamora and Anneke Smelik

2. Karl Marx: Fashion and Capitalism
Anthony Sullivan

3. Sigmund Freud: More than a Fetish: Fashion and Psychoanalysis
Janice Miller

4. Georg Simmel: The `Philosophical Monet'
Peter McNeil

5. Walter Benjamin: Fashion, Modernity and the City Street Adam Geczy
and Vicki Karaminas

6. Mikhail Bakhtin: Fashioning the Grotesque Body
Francesca Granata

7. Maurice Merleau-Ponty: The Corporeal Experience of Fashion
Llewellyn Negrin

8. Roland Barthes: Semiology and the Rhetorical Codes of Fashion
Paul Jobling

9. Erving Goffmann: Social Science as an Art of Cultural Observation
Efrat Tseelon

10. Gilles Deleuze: Bodies-without-Organs in the Folds of Fashion
Anneke Smelik

11. Michel Foucault: Fashioning the Body Politic
Jane Tynan

12. Niklas Luhmann: Fashion between the Fashionable and Old-fashioned
Aurelie van de Peer

13. Jean Baudrillard: Postmodern Fashion as the End of Meaning
Efrat Tseelon

14. Pierre Bourdieu: The Field of Fashion
Agnes Rocamora

15. Jacques Derrida: Fashion under Erasure
Alison Gill

16. Bruno Latour: Actor-Network-Theory and Fashion
Joanne Entwistle

17. Judith Butler: Fashion and Performativity
Elizabeth Wissinger

Notes on Contributors

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About Agnes Rocamora

Agnes Rocamora is Reader in Social and Cultural Studies at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. She is the author of Fashioning the City: Paris, Fashion and the Media (I.B. Tauris 2009) and a co-editor of The Handbook of Fashion Studies (2013) and of Fashion Media: Past and Present (2013).Anneke Smelik is Professor of Visual Culture on the Katrien van Munster chair at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. Her books include Delft Blue to Denim Blue: Dutch Fashion (I.B. Tauris, 2016), Performing Memory in Art and Popular Culture (2013) and And the Mirror Cracked: Feminist Cinema and Film Theory (1998).
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