Slut-Shaming and the Miniskirt

Summary An exploration of the discourse surrounding women’s bodily autonomy and choice of dress in relation to the miniskirt and its invention in the 1960s. The essay includes background on the historical context of the original design, as well as a critical discussion on society’s perception of women who choose to wear miniskirts. The implicationsContinue reading “Slut-Shaming and the Miniskirt”

Dress and the feminine-grotesque

A discussion of taste and shame in fashion in relation to the perception of the feminine-grotesque in Richard Billingham’s work. In Ray’s a Laugh, Billingham’s mother, Liz, serves as a visual representation of many white working-class women. The working class materialised as a social label through middle-class interpretations, conceived by their desire to maintain socialContinue reading “Dress and the feminine-grotesque”

in the groove

History and Culture of Fashion Blog My long-standing interest in the theory of fashion is centred around studies of bodily practice and feminism, and how these correlate with the histories and cultures of fashion, including the dynamic social implications they pose. Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s (cited in Negrin, 2016) writing defines the undeniable links between fashion andContinue reading “in the groove”