Journal article

Fashioning culture: Transforming perspectives from Oceania INTRODUCTION

Kalissa Alexeyeff, Geir Henning Presterudstuen

CRITICAL STUDIES IN FASHION & BEAUTY | INTELLECT LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

In this introductory article we discuss what might be gained from examining more familiar areas of anthropological research such as cloth, dress or material culture through fashion as an analytical category and, in turn, how insights from Pacific clothing cultures can broaden understandings of fashion. Our aim is to unsettle the ethnographic gaze that is often brought to bear on non-western cultures of fashion, cloth, clothing, style and innovation. Fashion, as we conceive of it, spans from the physical production and design of garments and objects to everyday appearances, the desire to be ‘in vogue’ and the consumption of aesthetic objects that are considered popular. From this starting poi..

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