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Fashion and Jazz: Dress, Identity and Subcultural Improvisation (Dress, Body, Culture)

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Born in the late 19th century, jazz gained mainstream popularity during a volatile period of racial segregation and gender inequality. It was in these adverse conditions that jazz performers discovered the power of dress as a visual tool used to defy mainstream societal constructs, shaping a new fashion and style aesthetic. Fashion and Jazz is the first study to identify the behaviours, signs and meanings that defined this newly evolving subculture. Drawing on fashion studies and cultural theory, the book provides an in-depth analysis of the social and political entanglements of jazz and dress, with individual chapters exploring key themes such as race, class and gender. Including a wide variety of case studies, ranging from Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald to Louis Armstrong and Chet Baker, it presents a critical and cultural analysis of jazz performers as modern icons of fashion and popular style. Addressing a number of previously underexplored areas of jazz culture, such as modern dandyism and the link between drug use and glamorous dress, Fashion and Jazz provides a fascinating history of fashion's dialogue with African-American art and style. It is essential reading for students of fashion, cultural studies, African-American studies and history.
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ISBN-13: 9780857851277
ISBN-10: 0857851276
Pagini: 216
Ilustrații: 30 bw illus
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 10 mm
Greutate: 0.38 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Seria Dress, Body, Culture

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


The first study to explore the relationship between fashion and jazz covering all major periods of jazz culture from ragtime, blues and swing to bebop, and modern jazz

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Alphonso D. McClendon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fashion and Design & Merchandising in the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Drexel University, USA.


Introduction1 Dress Theory, Fashion and a Jazz Aesthetic2 A Stylish History of Jazz: 1900-19603 A Narrative of Jazz Modernity4 Assessing Elitism and Branding in Jazz5 Gendered Identities, Ideologies and Cultural Difference6 Subversive Representation: Vernacular, Dress and Morality7 Narcotics and Jazz: A Fashionable Addiction8 Beyond the Gardenia: Billie Holiday9 Aesthetics of the Jazz Dandy10 Philadelphia Nightlife, Nostalgia and Popular CultureCodaAppendix I: Recommended Listening Appendix II: Recommended ViewingBibliographyIndex


It is pleasing to find a new title on jazz as a cultural archive that does put the emphasis on an entirely unusual topic, namely the function, origin and development of a unique way of dressing and - if you want to - fashionable customization.
This work is particularly recommended for students and lovers of fashion, as well as lovers of Jazz.