• The masculinization of dressing-up

Brownie, Barbara ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4101-1326, 2015, Journal Article, The masculinization of dressing-up Clothing Cultures, 2 (2). pp. 145-155. ISSN 20500742

Abstract or Description:

‘Dressing-up’ has often been seen as a gendered activity. In particular, costuming – the design and creation of costumes – has been viewed as a female pursuit. However, contemporary events and artefacts, particularly those related to fandom, frame dressing-up in contexts that are more acceptable to male audiences. Via cosplay, historical re-enactment, and the personalization of characters in online games such as World of Warcraft, a new generation of men are becoming more engaged with costume. This article will identify contemporary influences on the perception of the wearing and construction of costume, particularly with regards to costume as an expression of masculine ideals. It will discuss the costume as a marker of hypermasculinity, authority or preparedness, and identify how traditionally feminine domestic spaces and activities have been coopted by a new generation of males. It will present domestic activities such as sewing as rights-of-passage on the path towards masculinity.

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/cc.2.2.145_1
Subjects: Other > Social studies > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design
Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography
School or Centre: School of Communication
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/cc.2.2.145_1
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender, costume, masculinity, performance, dress
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2022 16:45
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2022 16:45
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5193
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