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Who buys vintage fashion and why do they buy it ?

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Who buys vintage fashion and why do they buy it ?

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ASSESSMENT AND PROJECT BRIEF

3,000 word essay presented in academic format, including bibliography and references

Answer one of the following questions:

1. The commodity is not one kind of thing rather than another, but one phase in the life of some things (Appadurai, 1986: 17)* Using a fashioned object of your choice, discuss the different kinds of value associated with it as it progresses through the various stages of its existence.

*Appadurai, A. (ed) (1986) The Social Life of Things Commodities in Cultural Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

2. Compare and contrast the display of two current museum displays of fashion. What are the differences and similarities between the curatorial approaches? What assumptions are being made about the place of fashion within the museum?

3. What does Janice Miller mean by: Disembodied hair is liminal (Miller, 2008: 190)*? Using specific examples of hair from a range of different contexts, examine the liminality of hair. How do we make meanings from it and why do the different contexts within which it is placed effect this so significantly?

*Miller, J. (2008) Hair without a Head: Disembodiment and The Uncanny in Biddle-Perry, G and Cheang, S (eds) (2008) Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion Oxford: Berg

4. Who buys vintage fashion and why do they buy it? With reference to a range of academic writing, answer this question referring to specific examples of vintage fashion objects.

Academic Misconduct

UAL guidance on Academic Misconduct can be found at:

This will vary according to the essay question chosen, and will be discussed in assessment workshops see self-directed study activities column in scheme of work for weekly suggested reading.

Resources marked with a have been scanned and uploaded to the SDT Fashion as Material Culture Moodle site.

Miller, D. (2010) Stuff. Chapter 1.

Attfield, J. & Kirkham, P. (eds) (1989) A View from the Interior: Feminism, Women and Design. London: The Womens Press Ltd.

Attfield, J. (2000) Wild Things: The Material Culture of Everyday Life. Oxford: Berg.

Candin, F. and Gulns, R. (eds) (2009) The Object Reader. London: Routledge.

Dant, T. (1999) Material Culture in the Social World. Philadelphia: Open University Press.

Dant, T. (2005) Materiality and Society. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Forty, A. (1986) Objects of Desire: Design & Society since 1790. London: Thames & Hudson.

Gell, A. (1998) Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Hebdige, D. (1988) Hiding in the light: On Images and Things, London: Comedia.

Hebdige, D. (1988) ‘Object as Image: The Italian Scooter Cycle’, in D. Hebdige, Hiding in the Light: On Images and Things, London: Comedia.

Hicks, D. & Beaudry, M.C. (2010) Introduction. Material Culture Studies: a Reactionary View in D.Hicks and M.C. Beadry (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Hicks, D. and Beaudry, M.C. (eds) (2010) The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kuchler, S. and Miller, D. (eds) (2005) Clothing as Material Culture. Oxford: Berg.

Miller, D. (1998) Material Cultures: Why Some Things Matter. London: UCL Press.

Miller, D. (2010) Stuff. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Miller, D. (2012) Consumption and its Consequences. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Tilley, C. et al (eds) (2006) Handbook of Material Culture. London: Sage.

Walker, J. A. (1989) Design History and the History of Design. London: Pluto Press.

Woodham, J.M. (1997) Twentieth-Century Design. Oxford / New York: Oxford University Press.

Week 2 The Biography of Things

Appadurai, A. (1986) Introduction: Commodities and The Politics of Value in Appadurai, A. (ed) (1986) The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspectives Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Appadurai, A. (ed) (1988) The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania.

Appadurai, A. (2006) The Thing Itself in Public Culture, volume 18, issue 1, pp.15-31.

Barker, C. (2012) Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice. London, Sage

Biddle-Perry, G. and Cheang, S. (2008) Hair, Oxford: Berg.

Connor, S. (2011) Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things. London: Profile Books.

Campbell, C. (1996) The Meaning of Objects and the Meaning of Actions: A Critical Note On the Sociology of Consumption and Theories of Clothing. Journal of Material Culture, volume 1, issue 1.

Gell, A. (1998) Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Barker, C. (2012) Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice. London, Sage.

Hall, S. (1997) Representation: Cultural Representation and Signifying Practices. Milton Keynes, Open University Press.

Lury, C. (1996) Consumer Culture, Cambridge: Polity Press.

MacGregor, N. A History of the World in 100 Objects. London: Penguin.

Pearce, S. M. (ed) Interpreting Objects and Collections. London: Routledge.

Week 3 Collection and Curation and Week 4 Museum Visit

Prown, J. (1994) Mind in Matter: an Introduction to Material Culture Theory and Method in Pearce, S. M. (ed) Interpreting Objects and Collections. London: Routledge.

Steele, V. (1998) A Museum of Fashion is More Than a Clothes Bag Fashion Theory Volume 2, Issue 4, pp. 327-336

Steele, V. (2008) Museum Quality: The Rise of the Fashion Exhibition in Fashion Theory, volume 12, issue 1.

De la Haye, A. and Clark, J. (2008) One Object: Multiple Interpretations Fashion Theory Vol.12 Issue 2, pp.137-170

Breward, C. (2008) Between the Museum and the Academy: Fashion Research and its Constituencies. Fashion Theory, volume 12, issue 1.

Palmer, A. (1997) New Directions: Fashion History Studies and Research in North America and England. Fashion Theory, volume 1, issue 3, pp. 297-312.

Tarrant, N. (1999) The Real Thing: The Study of Original Garments in Britain since 1947, Costume, No. 33, pp.12-22.

Taylor, L. (1998) Doing The Laundry? A Reassessment of Object Based Dress History Fashion Theory, volume 2, issue 4, pp337-358.

Taylor, L. (2002) The Study of Dress History. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

McNeil, P. (2008) Were Not in the Fashio

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