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Fashion in Popular Culture
Literature, Media and Contemporary Studies
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ISBN 9781841507163
Paperback 276 pages
Published May 2013
Imprint: Intellect
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When we open our closet doors each morning, we seldom consider what our sartorial choices say, whether we tend toward jeans and a well-worn concert T-shirt or wingtips and a three-piece suit. Yet, how we dress divulges more than whether we crave comfort or couture; our clothing communicates who we are and how we relate to our culture. But how does a Balenciaga bag or a tough leather jacket topped by liberty spikes signify these things? Fashion in Popular Culture considers this question. Combining fashion theory with approaches from literature, art, advertising, music, media studies, material studies, and sociology, contributors from across Europe, Australia, and the United States consider the function of fashion within popular culture. Fashion, they show, has the capacity to both influence and be influenced by popular culture, and its meaning is also contingent upon context. Chapters in the book cover both historical and contemporary concerns, addressing a variety of other questions, including the role fashion plays in subcultures. For students and scholars of fashion and popular culture – or anyone fascinated by what clothing can convey – Fashion in Popular Culture offers an engaging, interdisciplinary analysis. 

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Chapter titles
Joseph H. Hancock, II, Toni Johnson-Woods, and Vicki Karaminas
Chapter 1: Brand This Way: Lady Gaga’s Fashion as Storytelling Context to the GLBT Community
Joseph H. Hancock, II
Chapter 2: Navigating Cultural Anxiety: Strategic Ambiguity in Lisbeth Salander’s Style-Fashion-Dress
Susan B. Kaiser
Chapter 3: Australian Gothic: Black Light Angels, Appearance, and Subcultural Style
Vicki Karaminas
Chapter 4: Fashionable Addiction: The Path to Heroin Chic
Alphonso D. McClendon
Chapter 5: Dames and Design: Fashion and Appearance on Pulp Fiction Covers, 1950–1960
Toni Johnson-Woods
Chapter 6: Territories of Knowledge and Nostalgia in Modern Fashion Designer Life Writing
Ilya Parkins
Chapter 7: Looking for Mr. Benson: The Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket and Narratives of Masculinities
Marvin J. Taylor
Chapter 8: Fashion Photography, Phallocentrism, and Feminist Critique
Louise Wallenberg
Chapter 9: ‘He Can’t Love Me if I’m Ugly’: The Recurring Theme of Popular Beauty in the Television Soap Opera Days of Our Lives
Andrew Reilly and Nancy A. Rudd
Chapter 10: Redressing the Devil’s Wardrobe: Representing and Re-Reading the Darker Side of Fashion in Chick Lit Novels
Anne Peirson-Smith
Chapter 11: Redeeming the Voices of Reform
Patricia A. Cunningham
Chapter 12: The Language of Luxury in Eighteenth-Century France
Paula von Wachenfeldt
Chapter 13: The Devil of Fashion: Women, Fashion, and the Nation in Early-Twentieth-Century German and Swedish Cultural Magazines
Andrea Kollnitz
Chapter 14: Rome: Eternal City of Fashion and Film
Eugenia Paulicelli
'If you enjoy fashion, anthropology, sociology or simply want to get to know your favourite icons a bit better, then this book is an excellent choice.' – Amanda Kay, West End Magazine

'This book is fascinating' – Todd Robinson, UTS

'The anthology 'Fashion in Popular Culture' adds much-needed voices to the interdisciplinary discussion of fashion and popular culture' – Journal of Popular Culture, Scott Stalcup

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