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Fashioning The Frame
The body has been the focus of much recent critical attention, but the clothed body less so. In answering the need to theorize dress, this book provides an overview of recent scholarship and presents an original theory of what dress means in relation to the body.
Identity relies on boundaries to individuate the self. Dress challenges boundaries: it frames the body and serves both to distinguish and connect self and ‘Other’. The authors argue that clothing is, then, both a boundary and not a boundary, that it is ambiguous and produces a complex relation between self and ‘not self’. In examining the role of dress in social structures, the authors argue that clothing can be seen as both restricting and liberating individual and collective identity.
In proposing that dress represents ‘a deep surface,’ a manifestation of the unconscious at work through apparently superficial phenomena, the book also questions the relationship between surface and depth and counters the notion of dress as disguise or concealment. The concept of the gaze and the role of gender are approached through a discussion of masks and veils. The authors argue that masks and veils paradoxically combine concealment and revelation, ‘truth’ and ‘deception’. Here the body and dress are both seen as forms of absence, with dress concealing not the body, but the absence of the physical body.
This provocative book is certain to become a landmark text for anyone interested in the intersection of dress, the body and critical theory.
Fashion Retail Supply Chain Management
Fashion Retail Supply Chain Management: A Systems Optimization Approach is a comprehensive reference source that provides the state-of-the-art findings on many important emerging research issues related to retail supply chain management and optimization problems. The book takes an explicit systems approach, and discusses retailled fashion supply chain coordination mechanisms and consumer market informationdriven fashion retail supply chain models, as well as suggesting future research avenues.
This volume will be of interest not only to those involved in the fashion industry, but also to academics and practitioners in the wider fields of business, manufacturing engineering, systems engineering and supply chain management.
A Fashion Fairytale
Inside every girl is a Princess Pearl.
From the internationally successful creator of Felicity Wishes, comes a brand new girl character - Princess Pearl. Pearl is an ordinary girl - but she has a very extraordinary secret. She is a real sea princess! When Pearl searches in her wardrobe for something warm to wear she accidentally falls into the Underwater Kingdom and transforms into a beautiful princess. But there's an emergency going on under the sea. Princess Velvet has been swept up on a tidal wave all the way from their enemies in the Reef Kingdom. Can Pearl befriend the poorly princess and make her better Princess Pearl brings together all the essential elements of a little girl's imagination - princesses, friendship and a touch of magic!
About the Author
Emma Thomson is a fine artist with over twenty years' experience of illustrating products for all of the major high street chains. She has close links with M&S, for whom she launched two extremely successful merchandise properties in the 1990s. Emma is co-founder of White Lion Publishing which publishes her cards - in particular the Felicity Wishes range.
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