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Appearance and Identity
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This book critically examines recent theories of fashion which have sought to legitimize its pleasures and defend it as an avenue for self-expression. Through a series of essays which address different aspects of fashion in postmodern culture including the wearing of makeup, cosmetic surgery, tattoos, the role of ornament in dress and the blurring of gender boundaries, it is argued that the greatest concern today lies not in the failure to acknowledge the pleasures of fashion, but, on the contrary, in the tendency to elevate it to a dominant position in everyday life where the cultivation of one's physical appearance supplants all other sources of identity formation.

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Introduction: Appearance and Identity The Self as Image: A Critical Appraisal of Postmodern Theories of Fashion Cosmetics and the Female Body Cosmetic Surgery and the Eclipse of Identity Body Art and Men's Fashion Ornament and the Feminine The Postmodern Gender Carnival

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DR. LLEWELLYN NEGRIN is currently Head of and Senior Lecturer in Art and Design Theory at the School of Art, University of Tasmania, Australia where she has taught since 1989. She has published many articles in journals such as Theory, Culture& Society, Body& Society, Philosophy& Social Criticism, Feminist Theory and the European Journal of Cultural Studies.

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