A Posthuman Turn in Fashion
New York : Routledge
InManlow, V.; Paulicelli, E.; Wissinger, E. (ed.), Routledge Companion to Fashion Studies, pp. 57-64
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Manlow, V.; Paulicelli, E.; Wissinger, E. (ed.), Routledge Companion to Fashion Studies
SubjectCritical Humanities; Europe in a Changing World
This chapter defines posthuman fashion by inscribing it within the critical discourses of posthumanism and new materialism. Posthuman fashion blurs the categories between human and machine, humans and animals, virtual and material, and organic and artificial. The chapter explores several dimensions of posthumanism: the relation to technology; the shifting boundaries between femininity and masculinity; and the turn towards sustainable fashion. A posthuman aesthetic decenters the human by hybridization: blending human-animal and human-machine while queering gender and sexuality. A posthuman perspective permits an understanding of fashion as materially co-produced in a complex network of interconnected human and non-human actors.
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