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Exhibit: Female Slenderness and the Case of Perverse Compliant Deception – or Why Size Matters…

October 31st – November 14th 2013
Private View: 11th November 2013, 18.00-21.00 RSVP d.d.davies@csm.arts.ac.uk

The Window Gallery, Central Saint Martins
Granary Building, 1 Granary Square
London N1C 4AA

A physical manifestation of research, writing and art.

The Case of Perverse Compliant Deception – or Why Size Matters… combines imagery and text to investigate the significance of fashion on culture.

The fashion for unrealistically slender images of women has increased despite the current emphasis on cooking or consuming gourmet food.  A corset placed inside the stomach seems to work more effectively than one fitted outside of it, better even than the ideological corset for the brain that the culture of slenderness produces. But do such measures promote female perversion?

Based on the essay by Lorraine Gamman and featuring illustrations by artist Lucie Russell, the exhibit serves as a visual response to current ideas relating to fashion, food and the female form. The essay is from the book:

Fashion Cultures Revisited: Theories, Explorations and Analysis (Routledge) Edited by Stella Bruzzi and Pamela Church Gibson. Out on 15th November 2013.

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