ABSTRACT

What kinds of things do fashion and clothing say about us? What does it mean to wear Gap or Gaultier, Milletts or Moschino? Are there any real differences between Hip-Hop style and Punk anti-styles? In this fully revised and updated edition, Malcolm Barnard introduces fashion and clothing as ways of communicating and challenging class, gender, sexual and social identities.
Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches from Barthes and Baudrillard to Marxist, psychoanalytic and feminist theory, Barnard addresses the ambivalent status of fashion in contemporary culture.

Introduction; Chapter 1 Etymologies and Definitions of Fashion and Clothing; Chapter 2 Fashion, Clothing, Communication and Culture; Chapter 3 The Functions of Fashion and Clothing; Chapter 4 Fashion, Clothing and Meaning; Chapter 5 Fashion, Clothing and the Reproduction of Society; Chapter 6 Fashion, Clothing and Social Revolution; Chapter 7 Fashion, Clothing and Postmodernity; Chapter 8 Conclusion;