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By Valerie Steele | Comments: ( 261 ) | Date: ( Aug 25, 2019 )

Kinky boots, corsets, underwear as outerwear, second skin garments of rubber and leather, uniforms, body piercing Today everything from a fetishist s dream appears on the fashion runways Although some people regard fetish fashion as exploitative and misogynistic, others interpret it as a positive ian statement couture Catwoman But the connection between fashion aKinky boots, corsets, underwear as outerwear, second skin garments of rubber and leather, uniforms, body piercing Today everything from a fetishist s dream appears on the fashion runways Although some people regard fetish fashion as exploitative and misogynistic, others interpret it as a positive ian statement couture Catwoman But the connection between fashion and fetishism goes far beyond a few couture collections For the past thirty years, the iconography of sexual fetishism has been increasingly assimilated into popular culture Before Michelle Pfeiffer s Catwoman, there was Mrs Peel, heroine of the 1960s television show The Avengers, who wore a black leather catsuit modeled on a real fetish costume Street styles like punk and the gay leatherman look also testify to the influence of fetishism.The concept of fetishism has recently assumed a growing importance in critical thinking about the cultural construction of sexuality Yet until now no scholar with an in depth knowledge of fashion history has studied the actual clothing fetishes themselves Nor has there been a serious exploration of the historical relationship between fashion and fetishism, although erotic styles have changed significantly and sexual chic has become increasingly conspicuous.Cultural historian Valerie Steele has devoted much of her career to the study of the relationship between clothing and sexuality, and is uniquely qualified to write this book Marshalling a dazzling array of evidence from pornography, psychology, and history, as well as interviews with individuals involved in sexual fetishism, sadomasochism, and cross dressing, Steele illuminates the complex relationship between appearance and identity Based on years of research, her book Fetish Fashion, Sex Power explains how a paradigm shift in attitudes toward sex and gender has given rise to the phenomenon of fetish fashion Steele is to fetish dressing what Anne Rice is to vampires, writes Christa Worthington of Elle magazine, the intellectual interpreter ofwishes beyond our ken According to Steele, fetishism shows how human sexuality is never just a matter of doing what comes naturally fantasy always plays an important role Steele provides provocative answers to such questions as Why is black regarded as the sexiest color Is fetishizing the norm for males Does fetish fashion reflect a fear of AIDS And why do so many people love shoes


  • Title: Fetish - Fashion, Sex & Power
  • Author: Valerie Steele
  • ISBN: 9780195090444
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Valerie Steele

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator and Melissa Marra is associate curator of education and public programs, both at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.



Comments Fetish - Fashion, Sex & Power

  • Jess

    A lot of good info/history and pics, but this author is the worst cishet norm other-ing pathologizing onlooker


  • The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health

    Fetish: Fashion, Sex & Power explores the link between fashion and the expression of sexuality—not only sexual behavior, but also gender identity.The 19th century sexologist Richard Von Krafft-Ebing defined fetishism as “the association of lust with the idea of certain portions of female person, or with certain articles of female attire.” Rejecting the idea that only men can have fetishes, Steele believes that fetishism is best understood on a continuum: from a slight preference for c [...]


  • Cat

    In Fetish - Fashion, Sex & Power, Steele deftly traces fetish fashion from its earliest appearances in niche markets to its counterculture appeal to its embrace in the mainstream. As fashion history's preeminent scholar, Steele navigates this history effortlessly and makes an incredibly complex topic accessible. She concisely weaves together political, social, and cultural influences in an attempt to make the abstract more tangible. While she does not shy away from the psychology or sexualit [...]


  • Niya

    As an academic Ms. Steele could have produced a dry tome about the complex and sometimes fraught relationship between fetishism and fashion and waxed on about the fact that each consumes the other to create something new and complex. Instead she explores the intersectionality of fashion, fetishism, sex, gender, power and the body in a care, but very surface level way. What she is careful and thoughtful about doing is presenting the fetishists she interacts with (or the case studies she quotes) i [...]


  • Andrew

    This book is a nice introduction to a thick topic. With supplemental readings this book is a nice companion to a broader understanding of fetishism through out the ages. It briefly covers many different perspectives on digesting core theory, while the author retains a hint at their own opinion. She completely lets loose in the final chapter, only to leave the reader with information to formulate their own opinion. This is not a one stop shop. I would advise reading Tiger Sprung along with other [...]


  • Anika

    There is certainly a lot of good stuff in this book - clearly Steele, who writes clearly and engagingly, has done a great deal of research. And yet, there's something ultimately frustrating about it - although she has done a lot of research on various fetish outfits, you don't feel like you've come any closer to understanding why people would have these fetishes - you just get a sense that many people do. Perhaps that's too much to ask - after all, it seems that nobody really knows why people de [...]


  • Elizabeth

    Though this was a wonderful examination of fetish in fashion through the years and how it became a part of common society, it did not explain as much as I was looking for in how fetish "is". Much more focused on patterns in history, i suppose an anthropological view, but not one that included more of the psychology as I was looking for. Still a great place to start research in the culture of fetishism.


  • Adrien Green

    I've been working on this book for some time, but it's none-the-less a fascinating read. Fetish is an informed cultural examination of the evolution of sexual attitudes/values and their manifestation in the fashion of the times. The book further explores the commoditization of BDSM subculture in contemporary life.


  • Lui Ramirez

    Loved how it considers several perspective on fetishism and fashion alike.A little too much Freud thrown in there for my taste and my ideological inclinations.Super interesting account of the intersections of fashion and fetish, and an excellent, accessible book for those of us who are nowhere near experts at neither.


  • Fostergrants

    i got this book as a gift and loved the coverbut the book is not really about sex, but more about the history of clothing as a means to send sexual signals. it's the idea behind stiletto heels expanded to a wide variety of clothing. some of it's weird but i really enjoyed the psychology behind fetish fashion. lots of photos. not vulgar.


  • Tofu Fairy

    this was an interesting book but out of date in a lot of ways. written in 1996, a lot of the "fashion" and "style" tidbits are old. The psychology behind the fetish fashion is still relevant though. its a good read. reads a bit like a textbook for my taste but I did enjoy it.


  • Alisa Cupcakeland

    AMADO. Igual soy consciente de que la autora confunde un libro de Jeanne Rejaunier con uno de Naomi Wolf pero se lo perdono.Reseña completa en: atcupcakeland.wordpress/2


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