The relationship between fashion and the body is integral to our understanding of our social and material lives. This list highlights five sources that interrogate the ways in which institutions, such as national governments, the fashion industry, and medicine, have defined and refined corporeal meaning and boundaries. The authors featured in this week’s roundup ask us to consider the hegemonic norms that have institutionalized what it means to be beautiful, desirable, marketable, and normal, and what kinds of bodies should or can signify these qualities.
About The Author
Kai (they/them) is an aspiring cultural and fashion historian. Their work centers the body politics of beauty, clothing, identity, glamour and style and their interactions with the meaning-making functions of the fashion system. Their work also attempts to decolonize exclusionary historical discourses by centering the histories of queer and Black peoples who have been systematically obscured from collective memory. Kai is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where they received a BA in Art History and the Cultural History of Dress and Fashion.