ISSN: 20500742
First published in 2014
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Volume 2 Issue 2
Cover Date: April 2015
The masculinization of dressing-up
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Authors:  Barbara Brownie 
DOI: 10.1386/cc.2.2.145_1

Keywords
cosplay,costume-design,masquerade,sewing,fan-studies,masculinity

Abstract
‘Dressing-up’ has often been seen as a gendered activity. In particular, costuming – the design and creation of costumes – has been viewed as a female pursuit. However, contemporary events and artefacts, particularly those related to fandom, frame dressing-up in contexts that are more acceptable to male audiences. Via cosplay, historical re-enactment, and the personalization of characters in online games such as World of Warcraft, a new generation of men are becoming more engaged with costume. This article will identify contemporary influences on the perception of the wearing and construction of costume, particularly with regards to costume as an expression of masculine ideals. It will discuss the costume as a marker of hypermasculinity, authority or preparedness, and identify how traditionally feminine domestic spaces and activities have been coopted by a new generation of males. It will present domestic activities such as sewing as rights-of-passage on the path towards masculinity.
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