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“A curious revolution has been taking place in the dress of what used to be called 'the workman'“: Walker Evans's unpublished article on men's fashion

O'Neill, Alistair, Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) (2012) “A curious revolution has been taking place in the dress of what used to be called 'the workman'“: Walker Evans's unpublished article on men's fashion. Photography and Culture, 5 (1). ISSN 17514517/17514525

Type of Research: Article
Creators: O'Neill, Alistair
Group or Collective Creators: Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC)
Description:

This article considers an unpublished photo story by Walker Evans, shot in 1963 and intended for publication in Fortune, Time Incorporated's business magazine, where Evans was employed as special photographic editor from 1945-65. Titled “The Clothes: A Note on Sartorial Actuality,“ the assignment concerns the working dress of American men, and is shot on the streets of New York and the campus of Yale University, New Haven. Evans's intention was to reveal how the postwar concept of men's fashion was starting to infiltrate the representation of American men at work; attempting to capture a shift in the kinds of clothes worn by men for the purpose of work, noticeably influenced by the sphere of leisure. In correspondence with the editor of the magazine, Evans termed his work “documentary fashion photography“ as an attempt to capture the readable quality of clothing in pictorial form. This article examines this body of work, paying particular attention to the hat as an item of apparel, once described by Evans as “a sort of defiant signature.“

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175145212X13233396184955
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: fashion history theory, gender and masculinity in fashion media
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Berg Publishers
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Research Centres/Networks > Photography & the Archive Research Centre (PARC)
Date: 1 March 2012
Copyright Holders: Berg
Digital Object Identifier: 10.2752/175145212X13233396184955
Related Websites: http://www.bergpublishers.com/?tabid=15017
Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 11:26
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2013 14:46
Item ID: 3796
URI: http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/3796

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