We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off
: Fashion Body Identity course material

Here are the materials to the Fashion Body Identity course, currently running at University of Arts London. Introducing key visual and theoretical treatments of the fashioned body, this course explores the relationships between body, identity and fashion as they materialise across a variety of cultural, visual and aural contexts. It's a course that makes the philosophical personal: it explores who you are, what your body ‘means’ and what your clothes say about you.

To coincide with the V&A's Club to Catwalk exhibition (10 July 2013 to 16 February 2014) the focus of this year's programme is on music. Lectures track fashion across the practices of production, dissemination [promotion] and consumption of fashion-as-image. As such, key sites of interest include fashion photographs, magazines, adverts and films.    

You are encouraged to use the course materials in pursuit of your own area of interest. The material ranges from the seduction of Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ to the perversion of Leigh Bowery’s clubwear … from the modernism of Ashley Havinden’s posters to Corrine Day's grunge photos of Kate Moss in her undies … from the 'cleancut look' to the prison tattoo ... from dressing Audrey Hepburn to addressing Junji Ito's manga characterisations as costume ... from the youthful 'gym-toned bod to the cultural invisibility of seniority. 

Fashion as Speech: Communication through Dress

Studying Fashion: Perspectives and Approaches 

Le Créateur: The Authority of the Designer

Club to Catwalk: Details of Visit and Virtual Lecture

Fashion and Taste: Trickle Down, Bubble Up 

Keeping it Real: Resistance, Authenticity and Subcultures
Fandoms and Interpretation: The Birth of the Reader
Strike a Pose: Costume, Masquerade, Identities
Wearing the Local Global: Music, Politics, Identity

Express Yourself: Dance, Race and Self Presentation