Fashion and Age: Dress, the Body and Later Life
- Date: Thursday 29 January 2015, 12:00 – 13:00
- Location: 12.21/25 Social Sciences Building
- Type: Seminars
- Cost: Free
The seminar will focus on the idea that clothing and dress are highly relevant to the analysis of age opening up the complex ways in which ageing is both a bodily and a cultural phenomenon.
Dress can seem a lightweight topic, not deserving serious academic analysis in relation to old age, where frailty and decline can seem to present more pressing concerns both for individuals and society. The seminar will in fact argue that clothing and dress are highly relevant to the analysis of age; and that they intersect with some central issues in relation to later life and its cultural formation, opening up the complex ways in which ageing is both a bodily and a cultural phenomenon. Throughout history certain forms and styles of dress have been deemed appropriate – or more significantly inappropriate – for people as they age. Older women in particular have been subject to pressures to tone down, to adopt self effacing, covered up styles. More recently there have been signs of change. The session will explore the extent and significance of these.