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Fashion and Its Social Agendas Class, Gender, and Identity in Clothing

ISBN-10: 0226117995
ISBN-13: 9780226117997
Edition: 2000
Authors: Diana Crane
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Description: It has long been said that clothes make the man (or woman), but is it still true today? If so, how has the information clothes convey changed over the years? Using a wide range of historical and contemporary materials, Diana Crane demonstrates how  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

It has long been said that clothes make the man (or woman), but is it still true today? If so, how has the information clothes convey changed over the years? Using a wide range of historical and contemporary materials, Diana Crane demonstrates how the social significance of clothing has been transformed. Crane compares nineteenth-century societiesFrance and the United Stateswhere social class was the most salient aspect of social identity signified in clothing with late twentieth-century America, where lifestyle, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ethnicity are more meaningful to individuals in constructing their wardrobes. Today, clothes worn at work signify social class, but leisure clothes convey meanings ranging from trite to political. In today's multicode societies, clothes inhibit as well as facilitate communication between highly fragmented social groups. Crane extends her comparison by showing how nineteenth-century French designers created fashions that suited lifestyles of Paris elites but that were also widely adopted outside France. By contrast, today's designers operate in a global marketplace, shaped by television, film, and popular music. No longer confined to elites, trendsetters are drawn from many social groups, and most trends have short trajectories. To assess the impact of fashion on women, Crane uses voices of college-aged and middle-aged women who took part in focus groups. These discussions yield fascinating information about women's perceptions of female identity and sexuality in the fashion industry. An absorbing work, Fashion and Its Social Agendas stands out as a critical study of gender, fashion, and consumer culture.

Acknowledgments
Fashion, Identity, and Social Change
Working-Class Clothing and the Experience of Social Class in the Nineteenth Century
Fashion, Democratization, and Social Control
Women's Clothing Behavior as Nonverbal Resistance: Symbolic Boundaries, Alternative Dress, and Public Space
Fashion Worlds and Global Markets: From "Class" to "Consumer" Fashion
Men's Clothing and the Construction of Masculine Identities: Class, Lifestyle, and Popular Culture
Fashion Images and the Struggle for Women's Identity
Fashion and Clothing Choices in Two Centuries
List of Monographs of Nineteenth-Century French Working-Class Families Published by Frederic Le Play and His Associates
Interview Schedules
Questionnaire for Focus Groups
References
Index

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