Constructing fashionable dress and identity in Bhutan

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Dick, E. 2016. Constructing fashionable dress and identity in Bhutan. in: Craik, J. and Jansen, M. (ed.) Modern Fashion Traditions: Negotiating Tradition and Modernity Through Fashion London Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 185-206
Chapter titleConstructing fashionable dress and identity in Bhutan
AuthorsDick, E.
Abstract

Whilst working as Head of Fashion in LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore (2007-2010) I was approached by Singapore International Foundation (SIF) to act as a Specialist Volunteer Overseas to co-develop a tailoring curriculum for the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources in Bhutan in an international development project funded by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2008-2009. In this chapter I present a critical reflection on our curriculum and broadly situate the role of international development projects focused on textiles and dress within discourses of globalisation. I examine how the interaction with non-governmental and inter-governmental agencies may combine with ideas about dress and identity within the recipient country. I wish to personify the processes through which these ‘hybrid’ identities are constructed, both physically and metaphorically, through ideas about fashionable dress present in garments and online discussions about them to challenge simplistic essentialist thinking about the ways in which ‘fashion’ is adopted by a ‘non-western’ culture.

Research GroupDiasporas
Page range185-206
Book titleModern Fashion Traditions: Negotiating Tradition and Modernity Through Fashion
EditorsCraik, J. and Jansen, M.
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Place of publicationLondon
SeriesDress and Fashion Reserach
ISBN
Hardcover9781474229494
Paperback9781350058491
Electronic9781474229524
Electronic9781474229500
Electronic9781474229517
Publication dates
Print28 Jul 2016
Online25 Oct 2020
Publication process dates
Deposited22 Oct 2018
Output statusPublished
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Bloomsbury Academic in Modern Fashion Traditions: Negotiating Tradition and Modernity Through Fashion on 28-07-2016, available online: https://www.bloomsbury.com/9781474229494

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Hardback Published: 28-07-2016
Paperback Published: 25-01-2018

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5040/9781474229524.ch-009
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