From the catwalk to the shopping mall, from the big screen to the art museum, fashion plays an increasingly central role in contemporary culture. Fashion Cultures investigates why we are so fascinated by fashion and the associated spheres of photography, magazines and television, and shopping.
* re-addresses the fashionable image, considering the work of
designers from Paul Smith to Alexander McQueen and Hussein
* investigates the radicalism of fashion photography, from William
Klein to Corinne Day
* considers fashion for the 'unfashionable body' (the old and the
big), football and fashion, and geographies of style
* explores the relationship between fashion and the moving image in
discussions of female cinema icons - from Grace Kelly to Gwyneth
Paltrow - and iconic male images - from Cary Grant to Malcolm X and
Mr Darcy - that have redefined notions of masculinity and
* makes a significant intervention into contemporary gender
politics and theory, exploring themes such as spectacle,
masquerade, and the struggle between fashion and feminism.