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The erotic cloth : seduction and fetishism in textiles

Author: Lesley Millar; Alice Kettle
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Through their metaphorical and material qualities, textiles can be seductive, exciting, intimate, and, at times, shocking and disquieting. This book is the first critical examination of the erotically charged relationship between the surface of the skin and the touch of cloth, exploring the ways in which textiles can seduce, conceal, and reveal through their interactions with the body. From the beautiful cloth  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lesley Millar; Alice Kettle
ISBN: 9781474286800 1474286801
OCLC Number: 1006532050
Description: xviii, 175 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Foreword / by Mary Schoeser --
Introduction / Lesley Millar and Alice Kettle --
Part I. The Representation of Cloth. Folds, Scissors, and Cleavage in Giovanni Battista Moroni's Il Tagliapanni / Angela Maddock --
Stitching Up : Embroidering the Sex Life of a Fetishist Image-Maker / Nigel Hurlstone --
Part II. Making and Remaking the Cloth. The Rustle of Taffeta : The Value of Hapticity in Research and Reconstruction of an Eighteenth-Century Sack-Back Dress / Debra Roberts --
The Embroiderer's Jouissance : Stitching a Feminine Identity in an Environment of Mining Machismo / Ruth Hingston --
Flying in the Face of Fashion : How through Punk, Fetish and Sexually Orientated Clothing Made It into the Mainstream / Malcolm Garrett in Conversation with Alice Kettle --
Part III. The Alternative Cloth. Present or Absent Shirts : Creation of a Lexicon of Erotic Intimacy and Masculine Mourning / Catherine Harper --
Empowering the Replicant : Visual and Haptic Narratives in Blade Runner / Caroline Wintersgill and Savithri Bartlett --
Caressing Cloth : The Warp and Weft as Site of Exchange / Catherine Dormor --
Part IV. The Performing Cloth. Curvatures of Cloth : William Hogarth's Line of Beauty and "The Heart of True Eroticism" in Serpentine Dance / Georgina Williams --
The Echoes of Erotic Cloth in Film / Liz Rideal --
UN/DRESS / Masako Matsushita in Conversation with Lesley Millar --
Afterword : Erotic Cloth--the Case of Kimono / Yuko Ikeda.
Responsibility: edited by Lesley Millar and Alice Kettle.

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"Through their metaphorical and material qualities, textiles can be seductive, exciting, intimate, and, at times, shocking and disquieting. This book is the first critical examination of the erotically charged relationship between the surface of the skin and the touch of cloth, exploring the ways in which textiles can seduce, conceal, and reveal through their interactions with the body. From the beautiful cloth which is quietly suggestive, to bold expressions of deviant sexuality, cloth is a message carrier for both desiring and being desired. The drape, fold, touch, and feel, the sound and look of cloth in motion, allow for the exploration of identity as a sensual, gendered, or political experience. The book features contributions on the sensory rustle and drape of silk taffeta and the secret pleasures of embroidery, on fetishistic punk street-style and homoerotic intimacy in men's shirts on screen, and a new perspective on the role of cloth and skin in the classic film Blade Runner. In doing so, it interrogates experiences of cloth within social, historical, psychological, and cultural contexts."--Page 2 of cover.

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With such a combination of word and image, this collection fulfills its promise and more: it excites, disturbs, and satisfies. * Selvedge Magazine * Weaver Lesley Millar and embroiderer Alice Kettle Read more...

 
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