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Phenomenal dress! A personal phenomenology of clothing

Franklin, Alex



The principle aim of this paper is to contribute to the development of a phenomenology of fashion through an analysis of the roots of my relationship with clothing - and hence fashion - using Heidegger's phenomenology of Being as outlined in 'Being and Time' (1997) to provide the study's methodological foundations.

I say 'a' phenomenology of fashion, however I will argue that it is only through rigorous engagement with the 'partial perspectives' and 'situated knowledges' (Haraway 1998: 583) offered by individual Beings-in-their-worlds that small but significant intersubjective truths can be identified and that any pursuit of a monist phenomenology of fashion would prove limiting.


Franklin, A. (2014). Phenomenal dress! A personal phenomenology of clothing. Clothing Cultures, 1(1), 83-91

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 17, 2014
Journal Clothing Cultures
Print ISSN 2050-0742
Publisher Intellect
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 1
Pages 83-91
Keywords phenomenology, Heidegger, fashion, play, intersubjectivity, Haraway, situated knowledge
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