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Crossing Gender Boundaries: Fashion to Create, Disrupt and Transcend

Andrew Reilly (University of Hawai'i, Manoa) Ben Barry (Ryerson University, Canada)

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Intellect Books
24 September 2020
Industrial: Commercial Art & Design; Fashion & textiles: design; Gender studies, gender groups
This volume presents a collection of the most recent knowledge on the relationship between gender and fashion in historical and contemporary contexts. Through fourteen essays divided into three segments?how dress creates, disrupts, and transcends gender?the essays investigate gender issues through the lens of fashion. Crossing Gender Boundaries first examines how clothing has been, and continues to be, used to create and maintain the binary gender division that has come to permeate Western and westernized cultures. Next, it explores how dress can be used to contest and subvert binary gender expectations, before a final section that considers the meaning of gender and how dress can transcend it, focusing on unisex and genderless clothing. The essays consider how fashion can both constrict and free gender expression, explore the ways dress and gender are products of one other, and illuminate the construction of gender through social norms. Readers will find that through analysis of the relationship between gender and fashion, they gain a better understanding of the world around them.
Edited by:   Andrew Reilly (University of Hawai'i Manoa), Ben Barry (Ryerson University, Canada)
Imprint:   Intellect Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 170mm, 
ISBN:   9781789381535
ISBN 10:   1789381533
Pages:   225
Publication Date:   24 September 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew Reilly is professor at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, where he teaches courses related to behavioural aspects of fashion and dress. His research and books examine the intersections of gender and sexuality and post-postmodernism in dress. He is founder and editor of the journal Critical Studies in Men's Fashion, also published by Intellect. Ben Barry is associate professor of equity, diversity, and inclusion at the School of Fashion and Director of the Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change at Ryseron University. His research explores gender inequalities and transformations through dress, with a focus on the men and masculinities at the intersections of queer, disabled and fat embodiments.

Reviews for Crossing Gender Boundaries: Fashion to Create, Disrupt and Transcend

'This volume examine[s] the significance of dress and fashion for creating and transcending binary gender distinctions. The studies it comprises represent diverse case studies that explore how dress constructs gender as a situated, appearance- and performance-mediated bodily practice. The panoramic overview of historical and contemporary examples in which gender boundaries maintained or crossed through dress and fashion also guides the structure of this book. . . . [It] highlights how dress and gender are mutually constructive. As the Western concept of gender becomes challenged, redefined and reexamined, this timely volume examines gender- and dress-related issues, while highlighting how gender can be created, disrupted and transcended using fashion clothing, personal style and fashion accessories.' -- Pablo Markin, Open Culture 'This collection of essays is timely and innovative, drawing on a range of theoretical and methodological frameworks to understand and show the role that fashion and dress have in crossing gender boundaries. [...] This edited collection is exemplary, not only in terms of its content, but also in terms of its form. Scholars thinking about putting together an edited collection may look toward Crossing Gender Boundaries as an example of an excellent edited collection. The essays work well together, but also work well in isolation. This is an impressive collection that recognizes the importance of diversity in the study of fashion, and I am confident that Crossing Gender Boundaries will spark new debates in the ongoing and important critical study of fashion, which is central to how many think about bodies, sexualities, and masculinities.' -- Jonathan A. Allan, Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities


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