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;