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Make, mend and befriend: geographies of austerity, crafting and friendship in contemporary cultures of dressmaking in the UK

Hall, Sarah Marie and Jayne, Mark 2015. Make, mend and befriend: geographies of austerity, crafting and friendship in contemporary cultures of dressmaking in the UK. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 23 (2) , pp. 216-234. 10.1080/0966369X.2015.1013452

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Abstract

Dressmaking is a practice infused with historical significance which in the contemporary context of austerity has renewed social, cultural, economic, political and moral importance. Drawing on writing from across the social sciences we advance a geographical understanding of dressmaking by focusing on the themes of feminism and crafting practices, austerity, fashion and consumption, and friendship and encounters in order to theorise the everyday spatialities of contemporary crafting cultures. In doing so we argue that the recent return to dressmaking cannot be understood as an extension or repetition of historic practices but that contemporary dressmakers are claiming a history and geography of their own. To conclude, we argue that dressmaking and other related fabricultures have much to offer our understanding of austerity, feminism and friendship and thus merit further theoretical and empirical investigation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0966-369X
Date of Acceptance: 6 October 2014
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 15:12
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/93566

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