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Fashion Crimes

Dressing for Deviance

eBook

Joanne Turney (ed)


ISBN:
978-1-7883-1565-4 (online)
978-1-7807-6698-0 (hardback)
978-1-7883-1563-0 (epdf)
Published:
2020
DOI:
10.5040/9781788315654
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Abstract

Fashion is widely recognised as a site for social acceptance and rejection, and as a signifier of personal identity. What happens when people stray from ‘appropriate’ dress codes or associate garments with ‘respectability’ or deviance? How does fashion relate to criminality?

In this interdisciplinary volume, leading scholars propose new ways of seeing everyday dress and the body in public space. Garments and individual or group wearers are used as case studies to explore the codification of clothing as criminal – hoodies, trench-coats, Norwegian Lustkoffe sweaters, low-slung trousers and Hip Hop styling are all untangled as garments with criminal significance. The book questions the point at which morality as a form of social control meets criminality, and suggests ways to renegotiate established dress codes and terms such as ‘suitability’ and ‘glamour’ through the study of what people wear in response to notions of criminality.