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Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2051-7106
  • E-ISSN: 2051-7114



This article explores the opportunities provided to dress and fashion studies by an analytical focus on garments through a number of disciplinary and conceptual lenses. Drawing upon sociological sources, including Bourdieu’s practice theory and Alfred Gell’s insights of human/object agency, as well as anthropology, considerations of material technologies and clothing physiology, a framework is developed for depicting the many roles that textile materials and garment objects play in knowledge-creation, individual experiences of wearing garments and the operation of habitus. In my case study analysis of female Islamic veiling in Finland, I draw upon both primary data and secondary sources that take account of histories – involving individual histories, socio-cultural histories, histories of technological and material developments and histories of transnational trade routes – and materialities, including the physicality of garments, human bodies and physical and spatial environments.


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