The book I chose to annotate is Fashioning the Feminin: Representation and Women's Fashion from the Fin de Siecle to the Present by Cheryl Buckley, Hilary Fawcett and Hilary Moreton. This book covers numerous topics, including the relationship between fashion and femininity, aspects of fashion, gender and sexuality, and fashion in general aside from just the clothes. The introduction of the book describes how fashion is inspired by social and economic change. The authors write that because fashion is inspired by these factors that is allows for academic and intellectual conversation on the topic of fashion. The authors narrow their analysis to the fashion in Britain from the mid 1800's to the 1900's. The authors argue that the topic of fashion is international and is a form of identifying oneself. The authors write about how fashion is rapidly changing and that is what gets the most attention in fashion. The authors also go into depth about how fashion has evolved with technology, where they went from using home sewing machines to mass fabric production, promotion and construction.
I will use this book to not necessarily support or disagree with any claim made in my paper. I want to use this primarily for background information. Since the book is not biased to any claim, but gives me facts on the fashion industry and its development and connection with feminism, I can use it as a counterargument and a supporting source because they may state a fact about fashion or give an example within fashion that I may or may not necessarily agree with.
"Fashion, we argue, constructed and constituted identity, although a sense of national identity was effaced within dress by the very nature of fashion," (2). I plan on using this quote to disagree with the argument made by Ariel Levy in "Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture."
Buckley, Cheryl, Hilary Fawcett, and Hilary Moreton. Fashioning the Feminine: Representation and Women's Fashion from the Fin de Siecle to the Present. IB Tauris, 2001.