The Fashionable is Political

“Clothing appeals physically to memory, pleasure, and intimate sensory experience. These elements, in turn, invite the wearer onto a navigable path to larger theoretical issues; hence, the materiality of clothing underscores the relevance and accessibility of theoretical inquiry. What is more, dress with its at once spectacular and intimate status calls attention to the all important link between personal and social.”

– Ilya Parkins, Teaching Fashion and Feminist Theory: The Pedagogical Promise of Ambivalence

Fashion connects our innermost selves to the broader world; it is a bridge, a barrier, a shield, a pleasantry. How are costume and character combined in the concept of sartorialism? Is there a more personal and political form of visual self expression?


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