The Erotic Cloth: Seduction and Fetishism in Textiles (Hardback)
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The Erotic Cloth: Seduction and Fetishism in Textiles (Hardback)

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Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 08/02/2018
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Through their metaphorical and material qualities, textiles can be seductive, exciting, intimate and, at times, shocking and disquieting. This book is the first critical examination of the erotically charged relationship between the surface of the skin and the touch of cloth, exploring the ways in which textiles can seduce, conceal and reveal through their interactions with the body. From the beautiful cloth which is quietly suggestive, to bold expressions of deviant sexuality, cloth is a message carrier for both desiring and being desired. The drape, fold, touch and feel, the sound and look of cloth in motion, allow for the exploration of identity as a sensual, gendered or political experience. The book features contributions on the sensory rustle and drape of silk taffeta and the secret pleasures of embroidery, on fetishistic punk street-style, and the role of cloth on skin in classic films from Brokeback Mountain to Blade Runner and Singin' In The Rain. Divided into four sections on representation, design, otherness and performance, The Erotic Cloth showcases a variety of debates that are at the heart of contemporary textile research, drawing on the fields of art, design, film, performance, culture and politics. Playful, provocative and beautifully illustrated with over 50 color images, it will appeal to students and scholars of textiles, fashion, gender, art and anthropology.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781474281744
Number of pages: 200
Dimensions: 246 x 189 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This nuanced and thoughtful set of essays successfully combines the academic with the personal and creative, exploring the different ways in which cloth can relate to the body. -- Sorcha O'Brien, Kingston School of Art, UK
A range of sensual engagements with cloth and its representation, this fascinating collection is packed with vivid imagery and insight. -- Barbara Brownie, University of Hertfordshire, UK
The Erotic Cloth is a delight to read. Exploring intimacy, erotica, fetish and sexual expectations, Kettle and Millar have gathered research that will profoundly affect fashion scholarship. -- Sandra Alfody, Novia Scotia College of Art & Design, Canada
Millar and Kettle's formidable knowledge offers a stimulating exploration of our sensual relationship with cloth. An immensely satisfying book, and essential reading for anyone with a passion for fabric. -- Susan Prichard, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at Royal Museums Greenwich, UK

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