Fashion and Feminism

Henriette Dahan Kelev, Shoshana Rose Marzel

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Fashion has often been associated with women’s obedience to codes of dressing that aimed at their objectification and rendering them sexual objects for men. Therefore, feminist and gender critiques study fashion and dress as oppressing patriarchal tools. However, clothing has also been part of feminist combat for more than 200 years. In this chapter we wish to shed light on the ways in which feminist movements have used clothing in order to promote their agendas over the last two centuries. Our working hypothesis is that the issue of dress in the feminist movement has been instrumental, as it has in other ideological movements. However, within feminist movements, contrary to others, dress forms changed over time. They began with the female demand to wear pants during the French Revolution and continue today with the contemporary struggle over the feminine Islamic dress in Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDress and Ideology
Editors Shoshana-Rose Marzel, Guy D. Stiebel
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9781474232371
ISBN (Print)9781472525499, 9781472529343
StatePublished - 2015


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