Fashion as Communication

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 209 pages
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What kinds of things do fashion and clothing say about us? What does it mean to wear Gap or Gaultier, Milletts or Moschino? Are there any real differences between Hip-Hop style and Punk anti-styles? In this fully revised and updated edition, Malcolm Barnard introduces fashion and clothing as ways of communicating and challenging class, gender, sexual and social identities.
Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches from Barthes and Baudrillard to Marxist, psychoanalytic and feminist theory, Barnard addresses the ambivalent status of fashion in contemporary culture.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
ETYMOLOGIES AND DEFINITIONS OF FASHION
8
Fashion clothing and trivia I
20
Conclusion
26
Fashion clothing and culture
33
Fashion clothing power and ideology
39
Fashion clothing and trivia II
46
Cultural functions
59
Writing about fashion and clothing
96
FASHION CLOTHING AND THE REPRODUCTION
102
Fashion clothing sex and gender I
116
Conclusion
125
Fashion clothing and class II
132
Fashion clothing sex and gender II
141
TheNew Look
152
FASHION CLOTHING AND POSTMODERNITY
156

Conclusion
70
Meaning as internal to the garmentlensembleimage 19
80
CONCLUSION
187
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Malcolm Barnard is Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Design at the University of Derby, where he teaches the history and theory of art and design. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Sociology and a PhD in Philosophy from the universities of York and Warwick, and his publications include "Fashion as Communication and Art, Design and Visual Culture: An Introduction."

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