Dressing is a process of mental and physical preparation that enables the individual to be grounded in a particular situation and successfully interact with others. When required to traverse situational boundaries, the ability of dress to perform this function can be problematic and cause a confusion of self-identity. The chapter considers the transformative functions of dress in situational contexts by examining the lived experience of two women who are undergoing changes to their bodies; one in pregnancy and the other after a mastectomy. Dress plays an important role for the women in adapting to their changing bodies, in dealing with their changing sense of self-identity and by enabling their social interaction.
|Title of host publication||Fashioning Identities|
|Subtitle of host publication||Cultures of Exchange|
|Place of Publication||Oxford, UK|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
- clothing and fashion