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Fashioning indie : popular fashion, music and gender

Author: Rachel Lifter
Publisher: London, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020. ©2020
Series: Dress cultures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 2005, British supermodel Kate Moss went to Glastonbury with her then-boyfriend, indie rocker Pete Doherty. Their unwashed appearance captured widespread attention, propelling the British indie music scene and its signature look-slender bodies clad in skinny jeans-to the center of popular fashion. Using this fashionable watershed as a launching point, Fashioning Indie narrates indie's evolution: from a 1980s  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Lifter
ISBN: 1350126322 9781350126329
OCLC Number: 1088528310
Description: xii, 210 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm.
Contents: From subculture to hot look: the evolution of indie --
Skinny boys and Parisian runways: the commodification of indie authenticity --
Wellies, fringe, and individual style: the commercial rise of festival fashion --
Prints, paints, and crop-tops: the emergence of Afro-diasporic festival fashion --
Beyond retro and the pop ragtrade.
Series Title: Dress cultures.
Responsibility: Rachel Lifter.

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In 2005, British supermodel Kate Moss went to Glastonbury with her then-boyfriend, indie rocker Pete Doherty. Their unwashed appearance captured widespread attention, propelling the British indie music scene and its signature look-slender bodies clad in skinny jeans-to the center of popular fashion. Using this fashionable watershed as a launching point, Fashioning Indie narrates indie's evolution: from a 1980s British music subculture into a 21st-century international fashion phenomenon. It explores the lucrative transformation of indie style, first into high concept menswear and later into "festival fashion"-a womenswear phenomenon that remade what indie looked like and provided a launching point to reimagine who the ideal subject of indie could be. Fashioning Indie is essential reading for academic and popular audiences, offering an original account of what happens when a subculture is incorporated into the commercial fashion system. As the music and fashions of festivals face increasing scrutiny in debates about diversity and inclusion, and the transformations of indie style coincide with the global expansion of the second-hand retail sector, the book offers also essential insights into the broader culture of popular fashion in the 21st century and the values that inform it.

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'Indie' may be short for 'independent,' but the thrifted, often ill-fitting clothes that indie kids wear tell a more complicated story. Lifter tells that story here-with all its messy cultural and Read more...

 
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