Fashion and Politics



Taking a multifaceted have a look at a subject matter of widespread fascination, this pioneering book presents new research at the intersection of fashion and politics through incisive essays by the field’s leading voices, including both renowned and emerging fashion scholars. The texts unpack fashion between the mid-19th century and as of late as expressions of nationalism, terrorism, surveillance, and individualism, in addition to a symbol of capitalism.
The first section explores the political potential of fashion regardless of its immutable status as a commodity. The second one section offers a historical account of the political nature of dress, such as the fashion of dissent within Mao’s Cultural Revolution and the Black Panther movement. The ways bodies are defined by dress—the entanglement of oppression and expression—is the theme of the third section. A fourth and final section explores up to date issues in the practice and theory of dress, from the processes of decolonizing museum collections to the up to date sartorial styles of Europe’s political Left. The book’s incisive and beautifully illustrated essays provide a timely investigation of an underdeveloped topic through a number of historical and current formats, including public and personal archives, fashion magazines, political newspapers, museum displays, art, and social media.

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