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Striptease

Barbara Brownie

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Article

Striptease is a public performance of the otherwise private act of undressing. It is characterized by its emphasis on clothes, rather than the body beneath. As a demonstration of transformation, striptease highlights the capacity for clothes to conceal and reveal what lies beneath, be it a naked body or another layer of cloth. Catwalk shows make regular use of elements of striptease, layering garments so that ensembles can be revealed piece by piece. More overt references to erotic striptease are

Madonna

Fiona Corbridge

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Article

Madonna—singer, actress, entertainer—has maintained a consistently high profile since the early 1980s, when her feisty image and eclectic style choices resonated with a generation of young women. Sexualized, underwear-revealing costumes popularized the trend for underwear-as-outerwear. Her profile has ensured that designers have been thrilled to design for her, disseminating couture values to a wide audience; fashion has in turn absorbed her influence and aspects of her look continue to be regene

Betsey Johnson, Spring/Summer 1986

Veronica Maldonado

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Article

Presented at the Palladium nightclub in New York City, Betsey Johnson’s spring/summer 1986 collection depended on many of her signature tropes—her usual use of romantic stylings such as petticoats, crinolines, bustiers, and lace combine with kitschy accessories like kitchen utensils, baggie boxes as hats, baby bottle earrings, and feather dusters, creating a look that teases ideas of the feminine—the romantic femininity of the materials and silhouettes mixes with the traditionally female role of

Vivienne Westwood, Spring/Summer 1997

Lucy Moyse

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Article

Coquettish glances, provocative poses, and flashes of nudity: Vivienne Westwood’s “Vive la Bagatelle” collection for spring/summer 1997 mixed signature styles from the brand’s heritage with her trademark sense of fun and humor, and presented them with a renewed emphasis on flirtatious sexuality.

Antony Price

Emily M. Orr

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

The Fall and Rise of Erotic Lingerie

Dana Wilson-Kovacs

Source: Dressed to Impress. Looking the Part 2011

Book chapter

The ways in which the body is packaged and visually exhibited are an essential part of consumerism. With a tradition that can be traced back to the eve of modern times, consumerism cannot fully account for the unprecedented attention surrounding the clothing of the body, and the multitude of codes, readings and interpretations accompanying its display. The cultural practices that define the body influence its representations and contemporary ideas of femininity and masculinity. These ideas are re

The Erotic in Indian Dress

Jasleen Dhamija

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Studies of Indian dress seldom address the topic of its inherent erotic quality, particularly in women’s dress. In fact, for Indian women the notion of being well dressed means dressing in a pleasing manner—a manner that will give pleasure. This aim guides their aesthetic choices: their selection of fabrics and the way in which they are draped; the addition of details, such as jewelry or fragrant flowers; and other means of embellishment, such as painting the body with henna, the red pigment call

Striptease

Jessica Glasscock

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Gender

Gertrud Lehnert

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe 2010

Encyclopedia entry

The basic distinction between female and male dress in the Western world is between women’s skirts and men’s bifurcated trousers. Only in the twentieth century was this abandoned—but in one direction, since, even today, men do not wear skirts, despite some attempts by fashion designers. This does not indicate that trousers are more natural for men, but that in the West, they denote supremacy and masculinity. From the late Middle Ages onwards, increasing emphasis was put on gender differentiation

Porn Chic

Annette Lynch

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

Encyclopedia entry

The mainstreaming of pornographic imagery into fashion and popular culture at the turn of the millennium in Britain and the U.S. signaled a dramatic cultural shift in the construction of both femininity and masculinity. For men and women, raunch became the new cool. This article draws from a diverse range of examples including film, popular tabloids, campus culture, mass-media marketing campaigns, Facebook profiles, and art exhibits to explore expressions and meanings of porn chic as embodied wit

Feathered Lingerie: From the Stage to the Bedroom

Jean McElvain and Angelina Jones

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada 2010

Encyclopedia entry

In the United States circus theater began about the time of colonization, and in 1825 the introduction of portable tents and the construction of the transcontinental railroad made shows widely available. Women were an integral part of the circus, and their brazen and often-dangerous performances were a curiosity that drew patrons. However, the transient nature of circus performers, as well as the exhibitionism played out during their routines, often situated female performers as immoral. The ense

Men’s Fashion Magazines

Else Skjold

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Men’s fashion magazines in the twenty-first century are basically a mirror image of women’s fashion magazines. Both follow exactly the same principles in relation to seasonal cycles, circulation, marketing, objectives, the fashion industry, and, of course, consumers. Until recently, however, men’s fashion magazines differed substantially in relation to both content and development for various reasons.

When Is Creativity?

Ingrid Loschek

Source: When Clothes Become Fashion. Design and Innovation Systems 2009

Book chapter

In the mid 1990s, the psychologist Hans Jürgen Eysenck conjectured that creative achievements might be connected to particularly weak filtering of stimuli in the brain. This filter function in the brain helps a person to select the most relevant from a wealth of impressions, to distinguish between the unimportant and the important. If the filter is especially permeable, it may present a prerequisite to unusual associations—which Eysenck regards as a typical characteristic of creativity. On the ot

Between Clothing and Nudity

Mario Perniola

Source: Classic and Modern Writings on Fashion 2nd Edition 2009

Book chapter

In the figurative arts, eroticism appears as a relationship between clothing and nudity. Therefore, it is conditional on the possibility of movement – transit – from one state to the other. If either of these poles takes on a primary or essential significance to the exclusion of the other, then the possibility for this transit is sacrificed, and with it the conditions for eroticism. In such cases, either clothing or nudity becomes an absolute value.

Goth Music and Media

Dunja Brill

Source: Goth Culture. Gender, Sexuality and Style 2008

Book chapter

As a music-based subculture, Goth and its gendered meanings call for an analysis of how gender is represented in Gothic music and the subcultural music press. However, there is a crucial difference between the self-representations of individual Goths in interviews or Internet forums, on the one hand, and the mediated, formally published sonic, textual and visual representations in Goth music and media, on the other hand. There exist different cultural fields in or through which the Gothic subcult

Revealing and Concealing: Observations On Eroticism and Female Pubic Hair

Jack Sargeant

Source: Hair. Styling, Culture and Fashion 2008

Book chapter

[H]e strained until the corners of his eyes began to ache. He tried all the obscenity he knew, but words alone couldn’t penetrate that thicket.

Style: The Endless Desire for a New Look

Annette Lynch and Mitchell D. Strauss

Source: Changing Fashion. A Critical Introduction to Trend Analysis and Meaning 2007

Book chapter

The new fashionable figure is growing straighter and straighter, less bust, less hips, more waist, a wonderfully long, slender suppleness about the limbs … The long skirt … reveals plainly every line and curve of the leg from hip to ankle. The petticoat is obsolete, prehistoric. How slim, how graceful, how elegant women look! The leg has suddenly become fashionable.

Objects of Desire

Merl Storr

Source: Latex and Lingerie. Shopping for Pleasure at Ann Summers 2003

Book chapter

Commenting on Sedgwick’s model of male homosociality, Terry Castle suggests that homosocial bonds between women have the potential to disrupt the structure of male homosocial bonding: (Castle 1993: 72)To theorize about female–female desire, I would like to suggest, is precisely to envision the taking apart of this supposedly intractable patriarchal structure. Female bonding, at least hypothetically, destabilises the ‘canonical’ triangular arrangement of male desire, is an affront to it, and ultim

Feminine Bodies, Feminine Pleasures

Merl Storr

Source: Latex and Lingerie. Shopping for Pleasure at Ann Summers 2003

Book chapter

The erogenous body at Ann Summers events is not encountered directly, then, but is represented in games, jokes, anecdotes, images (including catalogue images) and other ways. As such it is always filtered through the homosocial: the things women say or show about their sex lives at meetings or parties may not necessarily give a precisely accurate picture of the erogenous body and its sexual practices. However I wish to avoid the implication that there is a genuine or authentic erogenous body (i.e

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