You Should Be Reading: Fashion and National Identities


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Here are some journal articles relatively hot off the press that you should consider adding to your reading list:

1. Reinach, Simona Segre. “If You Speak Fashion You Speak Italian: Notes on Present Day Italian Fashion Identity.” Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty, Volume 1 Issue 2, December 2010.

The following article investigates how the project of a distinctive Italian fashion identity (made in Italy) is produced through discursive formulations and industrial practices in China and in Italy. It explores the meaning of made in Italy based on the perceived reproduction of historical or imagined traditions. – Excerpt from Article Abstract  

2. Khare, Arpita and Ankita Mishra, Ceeba Parveen. “Influence of Collective Self-Esteem on Fashion Clothing Involvement Among Indian Women.”  Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Volume 16 issue 1, 2012, pp. 42-63.

The purpose of this paper is to study the influence of collective self-esteem, age, income, marital status, and education of Indian women in predicting their fashion clothing involvement. – Excerpt from Article Abstract

 3. Reinach, Simona Segre. “National Identities and International Recognition.”  Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, Volume 15, Number 2, June 201l,  pp. 267-272.

The intensification of production relocation has changed the geography of fashion and the relations between “made in” and national creativity. The possibility of creating fashion, i.e. of being recognized as “author countries,” is part of a process in which hierarchies and roles are being constantly renegotiated according to the contexts and players concerned. –Article Abstract

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