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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 homoerotic intimacy in mens shirts on screen- and a new perspective on the role of cloth and skin in the classic film Blade Runner. In doing so- it interrogates experiences of cloth within social- historical- psychological and cultural contexts.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.... Please click here to ask a question
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