Is Australian fashion and dress distinctively Australian?

Craik, Jennifer (2009) Is Australian fashion and dress distinctively Australian? Fashion Theory, 13(4), pp. 409-441.

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The idea of “fashion” as being a characteristic of Australian culture is frequently regarded as a non sequitur. Fashion is seen as belonging to far-flung cosmopolitan sites elsewhere while Australia is a far-flung site cut off from the trappings of civilization. Equally, Australia has long been regarded as being cut off from the “finer things” of civility, fashion, and good taste. At best, an Australian sense of style is regarded as anything that is practical, informal, and casual—T-shirts, practical footwear, moleskin trousers, and wide-brim hats; as an outfit thrown together without much thought. And yet, there has been an abiding interest in fashion since European settlement in Australia, even in the early days of the convict colony. One recurring element of this fascination with fashion is what it means to speak of distinctively “Australian” fashion as opposed to derivative styles copied from elsewhere. Does it make sense to imagine such a thing? Moreover, if there is such a phenomenon as Australian fashion, when does fashion and dress practice in Australia become un-Australian? This question lies at the heart of this article.

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ID Code: 98308
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australian style, national identity, casual dress, swimwear, indigenous design motifs, bush wear
DOI: 10.2752/175174109X467468
ISSN: 1751-7419
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Textile and Fashion Design (120306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Berg.
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2016 02:08
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2016 04:45

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