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Author: Steele, Valerie
Source: Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, Volume 1, Number 2, May 1997, pp. 231-241(11)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Journals (formerly Berg Journals)
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 1997
Fashion Theory takes as its starting point a definition of “fashion” as the cultural construction of the embodied identity. The importance of studying the body as a site for the deployment of discourses has been well established in a number of disciplines. Until Fashion Theorys launch in 1997 the dressed body had suffered from a lack of critical analysis. Increasingly scholars have recognized the cultural significance of self-fashioning, including not only clothing but also such body alterations as tattooing and piercing.Fashion Theory provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the rigorous analysis of cultural phenomena. Its peer-reviewed articles range from foot-binding to fashion advertising.