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  • Hardcover: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847886965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847886965
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,048,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An absorbing and imaginative book which opens out a new area of investigation in cultural studies and the sociology of age. Drawing upon interviews with older women and those working in the fashion industry, the research provides rich insights into the role of clothing and dress in shaping identity in later life. The book provides an exemplary balance of empirical, historical, and theoretical perspectives. This is an outstanding study deserving of a wide readership. -- Professor Chris Phillipson, School of Social Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK. This innovative book provides a carefully crafted, rich and sophisticated account of the interplay between bodily and cultural aging through the lens of fashion and dress for older women. Fashion and Age explores central questions in contemporary culture, including how dress plays a significant part in the constitution of identities. By weaving empirical research with a breadth of theoretical ideas, this agenda-setting book is essential reading within ageing, gender, and consumption studies. -- Professor Sara Arber, Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG), University of Surrey, UK. Age studies makes a heady, liberating move into fashion with Julia Twigg's smart and entertaining book. Focusing her research on the intersections of feminism, cheap consumables, and women's individualized development of their own look in relation to "appropriateness," Twigg can explain how it is that (in spite of fashion's cult of youth), many more women of a certain age are finally dressing without pain. -- Margaret Morganroth Gullette, author of Agewise: Fighting the New Ageism in America and Resident Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, USA. Fashion and Age is a path-breaking book on the neglected topic of how later life and clothing function in today's society. Julia Twigg shows how older women, the media and the High Street all interact to create our understanding of both ageing and dress. In doing so, Julia Twigg has produced a key text for those interested in the operation of the fashion industry as well as those seeking to understand the links between the personal narratives of ageing and the contemporary nature of embodiment. Fashion and Age provides plenty of food for thought for students and researchers alike and is a valuable addition to the cultural sociology of ageing. --Paul Higgs, Professor of the Sociology of Ageing, Faculty of Brain Sciences University College London, UK.

'[A] fascinating discussion of what happens to our sense of fashion as we reach later life. As [Twigg] puts it, 'age is not just peripheral to fashion but positively erosive of it'. Drawing on interviews with those who wear, sell and write about fashion, Twigg addresses a range of questions about how we negotiate fashion as we get older...This book is a welcome addition to an expanding field...The author's grasp of the nuances of interpretation of fashion, dress and clothing is excellent.' --Cheryl Buckley, Times Higher Education Supplement

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Julia Twigg is Professor in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent. She is co-convenor of the BSA Body, Ageing and Society, and Chair of the Advisory Group for the Smart Clothes and Wearable Technologies NDA project based at University of Wales, Newport, UK.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bluebirdfp on 7 Oct 2014
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This book is truly amazing - it manages to be both a scholarly work and a real page-turner at the same time. By author Ms.Twigg's own admission, fashion has long been a subject of scorn in academic circles accompanied by a reluctance to take it seriously as a research subject. But it is the very ubiquity of fashion in all our lives that makes this book so very readable. Writing from a feminist standpoint, MsTwigg reaches into every nook and cranny of her subject, leaving no stone unturned in her relentless quest to uncover the ways in which fashion acts to define us as we get older. The links between commercial interests, social norms and the age continuum are interestingly denoted at every stage. It must be said that, despite fashion being unwelcome in the groves of Academe, there appears to be a considerable body of research on the subject from which the author draws illustrative examples throughout her work. And I must say that, having recently proof-read my daughter's PhD thesis, I totally appreciate the amount of research that has gone into this wonderful book. A superb addition to my Kindle library.
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This is profound and interesting - not a kind of trivial romp through 'older women struggling not to look like mutton dressed as lamb' but a much more scholarly examination of the representation of the body through clothes and how ageing affects that.
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Interesting topic but heavy reading 18 May 2014
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An fascinating topic which changes the way you look at others peoples clothing with regard to their age. The academic style of writing lets the book down for the general reader. The early chapters are heavy going but the book improves by the end with an interesting look at age, clothing and fashion magazines.
Julia Twigg's research is spot on and her paper on ... 14 Sep 2014
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Julia Twigg's research is spot on and her paper on clothing and dementia gives voice to what we intuitively know. That clothing is much more than fashion or covering the body. It is an important emotional, physical, and social component of our society--how we dress impacts how we view ourselves and how we are seen by others. Thank you, Dr. Twigg.
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Written like a graduate student's thesis, citing studies and percentages. "Snoooooze". This book could use a super-sized injection of liveliness and personality to counter it's soporific presentation.
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