Fashion, Agency and Empowerment: Performing agency and following script

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This edited volume explores the relationships between the dressed body, fashion, sex, and power, exploring how dress can reinforce or challenge social norms.

Fashion has always been strongly linked with the politics of gender and equality. In this global and interdisciplinary collection, leading authors explore the relationship between the dressed body, fashion, sex and power with an emphasis on the role of dress in both reinforcing and challenging social norms. 

Covering a range of geographic and social contexts, the book explores the role of
fashion in empowering both individuals and groups to create transformation and
change. Taking us from the performance of black dandyism through stylized hats, to the use of challenging dance forms and male-inspired dress by female South African dancers to express independence and equality, to ways in which recent Bond Girls have challenged traditional gender binaries, the book provides a crucial entry point into discussions of fashion as an empowerment strategy.

Fashion, Agency and Empowerment encourages the reader to critically examine the cultural and social impact of sexual objectification, as well as to consider personal and shared narratives of self-objectification and repression. With chapters ranging from the iconic self-fashioning of Princess Diana to a discussion of sex, power and cultural constructions of masculinity, it provides crucial insights into global fashion, political structures and social life. 

Hardback 
26 Black and white illustrations
Dimensions: 234 X 156 mm

This product is available online and within the Somerset House Shop, in conjunction with the English as a Second Language Exhibition. 

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