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What is in the wardrobe? Spatial analytical considerations of the politics of dress

Almila, Anna-Mari (2021) What is in the wardrobe? Spatial analytical considerations of the politics of dress. In: Fashion Tales 2020+1, 17-19 June 2021, Milano/ Online.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Almila, Anna-Mari

In this paper, I consider the wardrobe in a Lefebvrian spatial frame, as a spatial construction bridging the intimate and the public, the rationalised and the creative. Understood in this light, the wardrobe emerges as a spatial object and category worthy of study in its own right, beyond matters of using wardrobes for reasons of mere methodological convenience. The wardrobe is a space of organised spatial practices, driven by rationalisation of domestic space, that creates certain kinds of representations of space, and it is also a space of representation which individual and collective imaginations drive and shape. Just as any space is mental, physical and social at the same time, so too is the wardrobe both a physical space consisting of garments, and a mental and social space which an individual’s wardrobe collecting practices construct and represent. A Lefebvrian extension of analysis of wardrobes puts the emphasis firmly on how they are spaces where different kinds of spatial realms meet, connecting the most intimate matters of personal taste and garment choice together with massive and globalized social forces. Thus it allows for the exploration of politics of dress simultaneously at macro, meso, and micro levels.

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Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Wardrobe, Lefebvre, production of space
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 17 June 2021
Event Location: Milano/ Online
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2021 15:08
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2021 15:08
Item ID: 17007
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/17007

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