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Fashioning Horror: Dressing to Kill on Screen and in Literature

Editat de Julia Petrov, Gudrun D. Whitehead
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From Jack the Ripper to Frankenstein, Halloween customs to Alexander McQueen collections, Fashioning Horror examines how terror is fashioned visually, symbolically, and materially through fashion and costume, in literature, film, and real life.With a series of case studies that range from sensationalist cinema and Slasher films to true crime and nineteenth-century literature, the volume investigates the central importance of clothing to the horror genre, and broadens our understanding of both material and popular culture. Arguing that dress is fundamental to our understanding of character and setting within horror, the chapters also reveal how the grotesque and horrific is at the center of fashion itself, with its potential for instability, disguise, and carnivalesque subversion. Packed with original research, and bringing together a range of international scholars, the book is the first to thoroughly examine the aesthetics of terror and the role of fashion in the construction of horror.
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ISBN-13: 9781350133273
ISBN-10: 1350133272
Pagini: 256
Ilustrații: 33 bw illus
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.36 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Brings together an interdisciplinary mix of scholars from around the globe, with specialisms ranging from fashion history and film studies to literature, including authors well-known to the field such as Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Sarah Heaton

Notă biografică

Julia Petrov is Curator of Western Canadian History at the Royal Alberta Museum and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is the co-editor of The Thing About Museums (2011) and Narrating Objects, Collecting Stories (2012). Gudrun D. Whitehead is an assistant professor of museum studies at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, Iceland. She is the Icelandic editor of the journal Nordisk Museologi and the lead editor of a forthcoming special edition of Museum and Society (2018).


List of IllustrationsList of ContributorsIntroduction: Gudrun D. Whitehead and Julia Petrov, "Fashion and Fear"1. Sara Piccolo Paci, "'Death Dress You Anew': Fashion as Transience and Limit of Human Life in Christian Literature and Iconography between the 12th and 19th centuries"2. Stephanie Bowry: "'Their tattered mortal costumes will afford them none of the answers they seek': Clothing immortals in the work of Anne Rice, Tanith Lee and Angela Carter"3. Rafael Jaen and Robert I. Lublin: "Fashioning Frankenstein in Film: Brides of Frankenstein"4. Sarah Heaton: "Wayward Wedding Dresses: Fabricating Horror in Dressing Rituals of Femininity"5. Kasia Stempniak: "Fashioning Vengeance: Costume, Crime, and Contamination in Barbey d'Aurevilly's La Vengeance d'une Femme" 6. Alanna McKnight: "Fashions From Hell: Jack the Ripper's Enduring Influence on Dress"7. Nigel Lezama: "Slasher Consciousness: Dandyism As Killer" 8. Rafael Jaen and Robert I. Lublin: "Fashioning Frankenstein in Film: Monsters and Men"9. Nadia Buick and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas: "Horrific Transformations: Costume, Gender, and the Halloween Franchise"10. Rose Butler: "Faces of Rage: Masks, Murderers and Motives in the Canadian Slasher Film"11. Florent Christol: "Massacres and Masquerades: the Killer's Costume in the American Slasher Film and the Cultural Myth of the Foolkiller"Index


Fashioning Horror unlocks the chilling wardrobe of a grisly array of sartorially obsessed monsters, ghosts and killers. The essays skilfully analyse the fashionable signification of the undead, flesh-eaters, slashers and their prey; a dazzling cast of fashion victims from the twelfth century to the present day.
This book offers a worthwhile contribution to the highly apparent, but often overlooked, connection between fashion and horror. The authors in this collection pay great attention to the intricacies of fashion, costume and design across a range of horror genres. Most importantly, they explore the problems found in the link between materiality and genre itself.