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.

a young woman in a white leotard is posed dramatically with eyes closed

Godisable Jacob, Photographer. Woman Wearing White One Piece, 2018.⁠⠀