You Should Be Reading: Fashion Studies In-between: A Methodological Case Study and an Inquiry into the State of Fashion Studies

This week, Worn Through would like to highlight “Fashion Studies In-between: A Methodological Case Study and an Inquiry into the State of Fashion Studies” and encourage you to add it to your reading lists.

Granata, Francesca. “Fashion Studies In-between: A Methodological Case Study and an Inquiry into the State of Fashion Studies.”  Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture vol. 16, no.1 (2012 ): 67-82.

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About the author: Francesca Granata holds a PhD from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. Her research centers on twentieth century and contemporary visual and material culture with a focus on fashion history and theory, gender studies, and theories of sustainability. Previously, she completed a masters in Cinema and Media Studies at NYUs Tisch School of the Arts, a BA in Art History from Tufts University, and a BFA from the Museum School of Fine Arts. She taught in the visual arts department at Goldsmith College in London, and held the Polaire-Weissman Art History Research Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. She is founder and editor of the non-profit journal Fashion Projects, which was started in New York in 2004 as a platform to highlight the importance of fashion, particularly experimental and sustainable fashion in relation to greater visual and material culture. (Parsons).

Abstract:
The article discusses the challenges in creating a multi-methodological approach to doctoral theses that take the study of fashion as their subject. Using my doctoral thesis on the Bakhtinian grotesque in fashion at the turn of the twenty-first century as a case study, the article highlights the need for the inclusion of theories and methods from a wide variety of disciplines and fields of studies. It also sets up a comparison between fashion studies and other emerging or newly emerged disciplines and fields of studies, chiefly film and performance studies. It suggests a parallel between the relation of fashion studies to costume studies and the relation of performance studies to theater studies. Finally, the article opens up the question of whether it is desirable for fashion studies to become a self-standing discipline and/or remain an interdisciplinary field, as it is described within the introductory pages of this journal.

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