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Fashionable Queens

Body – Power – Gender

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Edited By Eva Flicker and Monika Seidl

The essays collected in this book provide profound insights into the wide-ranging topic of the fashionable queen: the manifold implications and effects that the combination of body, power and gender can have are examined by using different approaches and a variety of theoretical frameworks. By addressing queenly appearances in the past and the present, in politics and the media, in royalty and the middle-classes, in the arts and in popular culture, this book offers a new way of thinking of publically significant women, who exert, and at the same time subvert, their power through their attires and thereby negotiate notions of gender, class, power and media representation.
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From Princess Bride to Fashion Queen: Wedding Gowns as a Strategy and Spatial and Physical Staging Act: Lioba Keller-Drescher

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From Princess Bride to Fashion Queen: Wedding Gowns as a Strategy and Spatial and Physical Staging Act

Lioba Keller-Drescher

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The topic of fashion-related aspects of royal ladies in contemporary history is often embedded in mass-media reports about - for example - royal weddings. Diana Spencer’s wedding to Prince Charles was widely publicized and the equal amount of coverage was given to media’s speculation about Catherine Middleton’s designer and style of wedding gown. The reports about Camilla Parker Bowles’ wedding, however, were much more modest and lacking any engagement with fashion commentary. For this particular article, it is the comparison of these three marriages that show what kind of strategies can be followed with the choice of a wedding gown. Therefore, this article will address and understand the choice of dress for a rite of passage as a space-defining and physical staging act that builds meaning on various levels. It will be shown how the staging of body and fashion is aiming to justify the future queen – even if it ends up being solely a queen of hearts or a queen of fashion.

This article will address and understand the choice of dress for a rite of passage the marriage – as a physical and spatial staging act that builds meaning on various levels. It will be shown how the staging of body and fashion is aiming to justify the future queen. The comparison of three royal weddings will explore which agendas might...

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