Fashion and Materiality: Cultural Practices in Global Contexts



Fashion is intimately tied to the fabric world. With a focal point on diverse cultural practices, this state-of-the-art study offers new insights into the dynamic relationships between fashion, bodies, and material culture. Drawing on a series of original case studies, both historical and up to date, the collection explores how fashion and clothing shape our sense of body and self, our experiences of time and place, and our social relationships.

With contributions from a range of leading international scholars, Fashion and Materiality takes the reader from Chinoiserie clothing in 18th century Europe to fast fashion in as of late’s China. The book also examines the worldwide exchange of material fashion objects, from clothing donations for Syrian refugees in Germany, to “nomadic chic” on international fashion runways.

Exploring the intimate material connections between clothing, biography and emotion, this beautifully illustrated book traces the fabric properties of fashion and shows how dress and cultural identity are interwoven with on a regular basis practices like buying, wearing and making clothing. The usage of the materiality of dress to remove darkness from the non-public and political, Fashion and Materiality offers an invaluable new resource for teaching and research in an expanding field.

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