Using ‘dress appearance […] to define who I am to others’: everyday fashion and subjectivity amongst white lesbians in Brighton 2005-2015

Jane Hattrick

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Abstract

This article introduces a longitudinal study of the changing role of dressing and fashionability in the lives of ‘ordinary’ lesbians in Brighton, England, over a decade. The everyday dress practices of lesbians in midlife, are explored through first hand responses to two directives on lesbian dress and identity in 2005 and 2015 by a small cohort of participants. The responses to a set of openended questions posed by the author provide a window onto the ways in which gender and sexual subjectivity is negotiated through the wearing of specific items of dress and fashion brands on an everyday basis. A key finding in 2015 has been that these women’s attitudes towards self-fashioning have changed over time according to changes in personal circumstances and psychological development in midlife, within the context of wider social and political change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-191
Number of pages19
JournalFashion, Style & Popular Culture
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • lesbian
  • subjectivity
  • fashion
  • everyday
  • ordinary
  • midlife

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