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Experimental Fashion: Performance Art, Carnival and the Grotesque Body

Experimental Fashion: Performance Art, Carnival and the Grotesque Body
Francesca Granata

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Experimental Fashion traces the proliferation of the grotesque and carnivalesque within contemporary fashion and the close relation between fashion and performance art, from Lady Gaga's raw meat dress to Leigh Bowery's performance style. The book examines the designers and performance artists at the turn of the twenty-first century whose work challenges established codes of what represents the fashionable body. These innovative people, the book argues, make their challenges through dynamic strategies of parody, humour and inversion. It explores the experimental work of modern designers such as Georgina Godley, Bernhard Willhelm, Rei Kawakubo and fashion designer, performance artist, and club figure Leigh Bowery. It also discusses the increased centrality of experimental fashion through the pop phenomenon, Lady Gaga.

Author Info

Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons the New School for Design, New York. She is the editor and founder of the journal Fashion Projects. Her work has appeared in Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice, and The Journal of Design History, as well as in a number of books and exhibition catalogues.


'This is a timely book in that many of the concepts discussed resonate strongly with the current cultural context: gynophobia and fear of the fat feminine body; neoliberalism, corporate greed and the “enterprising self”; and fear of border crossings and the breakdown of cultural categories.'

Morna Laing, Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture 


'The strengths of this book are two-fold, both reframing Bakhtin’s theory of the Grotesque body as a tool for the analysis of fashion and also its ability to theorize the very edges of fashion […] [I]n doing so, Granata does both fashion studies and design history a great service.'

Ellen Sampson, The Journal of Design History 


Experimental Fashion was shortlisted for the Costume Society of America Millia Davenport Publication Award.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Dress Cultures

ISBN: 9781784533793
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2016
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 46 integrated bw

ISBN: 9781784533786
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2016
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 46 integrated bw

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