Dressing to Kill on Screen and in Literature
Julia Petrov and Gudrun D. Whitehead (eds)
From Jack the Ripper to Frankenstein, Halloween customs to Alexander McQueen collections, Fashioning Horror examines how terror is fashioned visually, symbolically, and materially through fashion and costume, in literature, film, and real life.
With a series of case studies that range from sensationalist cinema and slasher films to true crime and nineteenth-century literature, the volume investigates the central importance of clothing to the horror genre, and broadens our understanding of both material and popular culture. Arguing that dress is fundamental to our understanding of character and setting within horror, the chapters also reveal how the grotesque and horrific is at the center of fashion itself, with its potential for instability, disguise, and carnivalesque subversion.
Packed with original research, and bringing together a range of international scholars, the book is the first to thoroughly examine the aesthetics of terror and the role of fashion in the construction of horror.
Table of contents
- Contributors pp. xiii–xvi
- Introduction: Fashion and Fear pp. 1–24
- “Death Dress You Anew” pp. 25–44
- “Their Tattered Mortal Costumes will Afford Them None of the Answers They Seek” pp. 45–64
- Fashioning Frankenstein In Film pp. 65–82
- Wayward Wedding Dresses pp. 83–100
- Fashioning Revenge pp. 101–120
- Fashions From Hell pp. 121–138
- Slasher Consciousness pp. 139–158
- Fashioning Frankenstein In Film pp. 159–178
- Horrific Transformations pp. 179–196
- Faces of Rage pp. 197–214
- Massacres and Masquerades pp. 215–232