Judith Clark Costume, London, UK
Abstract:The Judith Clark Costume gallery is a privately run, not-for-profit storefront space that generated both historical and contemporary exhibitions in a distinctive manner, challenging traditional museum costume displays and curatorial agendas. Palmer visited the gallery to meet Judith Clark in 2001, and discusses their encounter and various exhibitions from the gallery in this article. Palmer concludes that Clark's successes are clearly due to a passionate caring and sophisticated enquiry into the historical and contemporary world of fashion, hard work, and continual creative problem solving.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2003
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.