Fashioning age: dress, identity and the changing body

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    This chapter examines the ageing female body and the transformative functions of dress during the renegotiation of identity at various life stages. Biological changes (such as weight gain, hair loss/gain, physical movement, skin texture, altered posture) can impact upon self-esteem and demand a reconsideration of dress in accordance with fluctuating body image, self and social perceptions. Strategies of concealment, adjustment and camouflage help to ‘manage’ the ageing body and, in so doing, can re-negotiate identity and determine place and status in social relations and interdependencies. While ageing can be reflected or resisted, it can also liberate from socially constructed expectations of fashion and dress and provide scope for transgression. Considering dress as a situated bodily practice, the chapter explores the social, psychological, gendered and stigmatised associations of the ‘disrupted’ ageing body
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFashion and its multi-cultural facets
    EditorsPatricia Hunt-Hurst, Sabrina Ramsamy-Iranah
    Place of PublicationOxford, UK
    PublisherInter-Disciplinary Press
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)9781848883093
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • dress
    • identity
    • fashion
    • body image


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