Vestoj - On Fashion and Power


‘Fashion and Power’ is a subject as well-trodden as it is open to new interpretations. Dress, we know, can be a powerful weapon of control and dominance but it can also be both subversive and empowering. The power of fashion is of course integral to identity and body politics, but today it is as important in terms of global economy, nationhood and celebrity culture as well as in all practices aiming to subvert the status quo. In contemporary consumer culture the link between power, social discipline, conformity and fashion is often so entrenched that existing norms are beyond our discernment, causing us to often regulate and control ourselves without any deliberate coercion from others. What then happens when we step out of line?

Texts by: Shaun Cole, Professor Peter McNeil, Dr Djurdja Bartlett, Dr Jane Tynan, Dr Anna Akbari, Charles Colman, Dr Ane Lynge-Jorlén, Professor Simona Segre Reinach, Jean Kilbourne, Laura Gardner

Interviews by: Anja Aronowsky Cronberg, Dr Lucy Collins, Kristopher Arden-Houser, Marco Pecorari, Dr Agnès Rocamora, Dr Maria Mackinney-Valentin

Images by: Chris Rubino, Amelie Hegardt, Tzenko Stoyanov, Hank Willis Thomas, Stephen Crowe, Matthieu Lavanchy, Danielle Levitt, Dilan Walpola

Design by: Erik Hartin 

204 x 145mm 

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