The hard work of leisure: Healthy life, activewear and Lorna Jane

Horton, Kathleen, Ferrero-Regis, Tiziana, & Payne, Alice (2016) The hard work of leisure: Healthy life, activewear and Lorna Jane. Annals of Leisure Research, 19(2), pp. 180-193.

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Since the 2000s activewear has grown as a fashion category, and the tropes of gym wear – leggings, leotards and block colours – have become fashionable attire for both men and women outside the gym. This article examines the rise of activewear in the context of an on-going dialogue between fashion and sport since the beginning of the twentieth century. Through an analysis of the Australian activewear label, Lorna Jane, we consider the fashionable female body as both the object and subject of a consumer culture that increasingly overlays leisure with fashion. Activewear can be seen as the embodiment of an active and fashionable lifestyle that is achieved through a regime of self-discipline, and that symbolizes the pleasure in attaining and displaying the healthy and fit body.

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ID Code: 95226
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: activewear, fashion, leisure, sportswear, Lorna Jane
DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2015.1111149
ISSN: 2159-6816
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Textile and Fashion Design (120306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Consumption and Everyday Life (200203)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2016 23:31
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 03:46

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