Fashion Studies: Research Methods, Sites, and Practices

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Heike Jenss
Bloomsbury Publishing, Jan 28, 2016 - Design - 256 pages
The study of fashion has expanded into a thriving field of inquiry, with researchers utilizing diverse methods from across subject disciplines to explore fashion and dress in wide-ranging contexts. With an emphasis on material culture and ethnographic approaches in fashion studies, this groundbreaking volume offers fascinating insights into the complex dynamics of research and fashion.

Featuring unique case studies, with interdisciplinary scholars reflecting on their practical research experiences, Fashion Studies provides rich and nuanced perspectives on the use, and mixing and matching of methodological approaches – including object and image based research, the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods and the fluid bridging of theory and practice. Engaging with diverse subjects, from ethnographies of model casting and street-style blogging, wardrobe studies and a material culture analysis of global denim wearing, to Martin Margiela's design and archival methods, Fashion Studies presents complex approaches in a lively and informative manner that will appeal to students of fashion, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies and related fields.

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Research Methods Sites and Practices
Part 1 Approaching Fashion and Dress as Material Culture
Part 2 Exploring Fashion Practices through Ethnography
Part 3 Mixed Methods

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About the author (2016)

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

Foreword by Christopher Breward, Principal of Edinburgh College of Art, UK and Vice Principal for the Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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