Fashion, Culture, and Identity
Much of what we assume to be individual preference, Davis shows, really reflects deeper social and cultural forces. Ours is an ambivalent social world, characterized by tensions over gender roles, social status, and the expression of sexuality. Predicting what people will wear becomes a risky gamble when the link between private self and public persona can be so unstable.
Costume Society of America: Millia Davenport Award
1: Do Clothes Speak? What Makes Them Fashion?
2: Identity Ambivalence, Fashion's Fuel
3: Ambivalences of Gender: Boys Will Be Boys, Girls Will Be Boys
4: Ambivalences of Status: Flaunts and Feints
5: Ambivalences of Sexuality: The Dialectic of the Erotic and the Chaste
6: Fashion as Cycle, Fashion as Process
7: Stages of the Fashion Process
8: Antifashion: The Vicissitudes of Negation
9: Conclusion, and Some Afterthoughts