Artikel i tidskrift

You Are What You Wear: How How Fashion Figures in Fat Identity Formation

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Författare
Lauren Downing Peters

Abstrakt

This article examines the overlooked market for plus-size fashion and explores the ways in which the fashion industry neglects and marginalizes fat consumers. Faced with limited options in garments colloquially known as “plus-size” or “outsize” that are typically relegated to dark corners of clothing stores and are excluded from the pages of high fashion periodicals, the plus-size consumer lacks options in fashioning her self-identity. Under these circumstances, the role the fashion industry has played in further entrenching fat stigma in the collective consciousness and in abetting the processes of fat identity formation amongst plus-size consumers merits closer examination. Drawing upon the collected sartorial biographies of three self-identifying plus-size women, this article considers the ways in which fat identities are formed through the intimate practices of self-fashioning and via social channels such as shopping and fashion blogging, thereby bridging the fields of fat studies and fashion studies. It also takes into account issues of performativity and dress as a situated bodily practice. Through these case studies, the role the fashion industry plays in the processes of fat identity formation is brought to the fore, as are the complicated, creative, and sometimes subversive means through which fat women engage with plus-size fashion.

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Detaljer

  • Typ:
    Artikel i tidskrift (refereegranskat)
  • Tidskrift:
    Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, Vol 44, Nr 2.
  • Publicerad:
    2014
  • Språk:
    Engelska

Om författaren

Lauren Downing Peters

Lauren Downing Peters is a PhD student at the Centre for Fashion Studies. Prior to beginning her studies at the Centre, Lauren graduated summa kum laude from Washington University in St. Louis where she received her BA in art history and anthropol... Läs vidare

Referens

Downing Peters, L. (2014). You Are What You Wear: How How Fashion Figures in Fat Identity Formation. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, 44(2). Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2752/175174114X13788163471668 [Accessed 20 Aug. 2017].