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Fashion theory: an introduction

Fashion theory: an introduction

Barnard, Malcolm, 1958-

This collection of essays surveys and contextualises the ways in which a wide range of disciplines have used different theoretical approaches to explain, and sometimes to explain away, the variety, complexity and beauty of fashion

Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Malcolm Barnard
ISBN: 0415496209, 0415496217, 9780415496209, 9780415496216
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: Originally published: 2007.
Physical Description: 192 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Beauty and Fashion.; Fashion Social aspects.


  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Fashion and Fashion Theories
  3. 3. What Fashion Is and Is Not
  4. 4. What Fashion and Clothing Do
  5. 5. Fashion and/in History
  6. 6. Fashion as Communication
  7. 7. Fashion, Identity and Difference
  8. 8. Fashion, Clothes and the Body
  9. 9. Fashion Production and Consumption
  10. 10. Modern and Postmodern Fashion
  11. 11. Globalization and Colonialism
  12. 12. Fashion and (the) Image
  13. 13. Fashion, Fetish and the Erotic
  14. 14. Conclusion

Author note

Malcolm Barnardis Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture at Loughborough University, where he teaches the history and theory of art and design. His interests lie in the theories and philosophies of art and design, especially the areas of fashion and graphic design.