Fashion and Materiality: Cultural Practices in Global Contexts

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Heike Jenss, Viola Hofmann
Bloomsbury Publishing, Oct 17, 2019 - Design - 312 pages
Fashion is intimately tied to the material world. With a focus on diverse cultural practices, this book offers new insights into the dynamic relationships between fashion, bodies, and material culture. In a series of original case studies, both historical and contemporary, the collection explores how fashion and clothing affect articulations of body and self, experiences of time and place, and the shaping of social and local/global relationships.

With chapters from leading international scholars, Fashion and Materiality takes the reader from the study of clothing and biography, and an early modern “foreign dress” collection, to Chinoiserie clothing in 18th-century Europe and fast fashion production in today's China. The book also examines fashion's role in nation building, and entanglements between fashion and migration across clothing donations for Syrian refugees in Germany and the circulation of “refugee chic” on international fashion runways. Scrutinizing the dense connections between fashion, clothing, materiality, and humanity, the book shows how the material interacts forcefully with the personal and political.

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List of Figures
Materials in time and place
Biography emotion and materiality
Archeological clothing finds
Christoph Kresss foreign
Global circuits of fashion
Golden embroidery and the crafting of heritage
Chitenge as Zambias national fabric
Section Three Materiality and embodiment
Fashion design and the embodied practices
Alchemic realism and the intraaction of music
Athleisure and the material transformation
Fashion and migration
Creating transcultural relationships
Fashion and the politics of migration
Notes on contributors

Material meanderings of fastfashion cities

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About the author (2019)

Heike Jenss is Associate Professor of Fashion Studies at Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, USA.

Viola Hofmann is a full-time faculty member at the Institute of Arts and Material Culture at TU Dortmund University, Germany.

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