Modes Pratiques - a journal of Clothing and Fashion History

Created and supported by the Duperré School of Art and Design and the Septentrion Institute of historical research (IRHiS) of the University of Lille 3, this new journal of the history of fashion is one of the first in France. The project is to produce a journal able to bring together historians, sociologists, anthropologists and observers from various backgrounds and actors in the world of fashion and clothing.

Presentation of the journal

The Mode Pratique (Practical Fashion) magazine was in existence from around 1900. In a rather modest way, like its many competitors, it wanted to give its readers both the spirit of the times and patterns. Its sole singularity was that it produced dresses, also modest and in pieces that readers could then put together. One of these dresses is stored in the collection of the Paris Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion. Worn, mended and with pads added under the arms, it still bears the "brand name" of the magazine on a ribbon. In the plural, Modes Pratiques or Practical fashions, a journal of Clothing and Fashion History is not so different from the first project. The focus is on exceptional clothes as well as more everyday ones, on images and on the social aspect of clothes that are worn. The only change is that there is no longer a pattern. It has been replaced by participation from all the related fields. And if fashion is here considered to be 'a social phenomenon', clothes are also seen as economic, handmade or industrially produced, political, intimate even sexual.

Issue number: 1 norms et transgression

At the meeting point of society, the individual and social practises, clothing is the ultimate area where norms are imposed and transgressed. This issue aims to question all types of norms : from the extravagant principles of the XVI to the norms of what is considered decent on the beaches of Santa Monica, from religious norms of monastic white to transgressions like Voguing or its precursors in the 1920s-1930s. This issue attempts to understand how clothing can embody all types of norms and because of this, becomes the object and the means of all types of transgression.
Issue coordinated by Manuel Charpy (CNRS - IRHiS).

416 pages, over 400 black and white images, of which 30 are original illustrations. Format 17 x 24 cm.
Graphic conception : Patrice Verdière. Printed in France, by Corlet Imprimerie

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