The fabricated man: masculinities and fashion.

Allan, P 2011, The fabricated man: masculinities and fashion., Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Architecture and Design, RMIT University.


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Title The fabricated man: masculinities and fashion.
Author(s) Allan, P
Year 2011
Abstract It has been asserted that at the end of the 18th century, men surrendered their right to be considered beautiful, becoming austere and ascetic in sartorial expression. Has the male body in fashion been freed from those traditional confines in recent decades? Has it become a canvas for the reclamation of masculine beauty?

It was once said, “Clothes maketh the man”. It may now be said “The ideal body maketh the man” and that clothes accentuate, reveal or conceal the body. The body is fashion. Whilst recent and ongoing changes in masculinities may be interpreted as
crisis they have conversely been viewed as indicators of transition and evolution, or tropes of marketing. Polarities have begun to appear in the expression of masculinity in fashion.

Are we seeing an acceptance of diversity or the creation of limited stereotypes? As the rapid redefinition of the male body in fashion becomes global, it becomes imperative for the impact of new and changing male archetypes to be acknowledged and questioned within the loci of menswear design and scholarship.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) Body
masculine
beauty
fashion
crisis
evolution
menswear
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