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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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Krystle and Alexis: The Princess and the Queen Bitch in Dynasty: Laura McLaws Helms

Dynasty: The Backstory

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Krystle and Alexis: The Princess and the Queen Bitch in Dynasty

Laura McLaws Helms

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Launched in 1981, the American television programme, Dynasty (1981–1989), was a prime time soap opera that followed the tempestuous lives of the oil-steeped Carrington family. Central to the dynamic of the series was the competition between the glamorous and conniving Alexis (Joan Collins) and he selfless and sweet Krystle (Linda Evans) whose identities were as much defined by their costumes as by their actions.

The overly glamorous looks, and the characters’ equally glamorous lives, were an immediate hit and reflected the era’s interest in and tolerance of wealth and conspicuous consumption. The visual identities of these Queen-like women were influential on viewer’s tastes, resulting in a high number of licensing deals including women’s fashions, perfume, costume jewellery, handbags, shoes, lingerie, and furs.

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