Fashion Law – WFMFR recommends:

Fashion and Body

The Anatomy of Fashion by Colin McDowell. Phaidon, London.

The book is divided into 3 main chapters - the Body Unclothed, the Body Anatomized and the Body Clothed – in which fashion writer Colin McDowell explains, in his usual clear and perfect manner, why we dress the way we do. According to the author “the Anatomy of Fashion is a new exploration of how we dress, based on that most obvious – but often overlooked – foundation: the human body. Examining each part of the body and how it has been dressed allows for historical and geographical or cultural juxtapositions that are not instantly obvious from a more traditional approach to fashion, illuminating both contrasts and continuities”. It is a book for the general reader. However, it is enriched with historical, sociological and anthropological facts and synthetic analysis which can be relevant to support professional and academic works about fashion in all fields of human sciences. 

Les Dessous de la Féminité by Farid Chenoune. Assouline.

Fashion historian and writer Farid Chenoune proposes a “little archeology” of women’s underwear. Material, social, symbolic and imaginary stories of femininity from the XIX and XX centuries are narrated in a clear and poetic manner. They are accompanied by literature passages from the ‘Belle du Seigneur’ (Albert Cohen), ‘Manifeste du Surréalism’ (André Breton), ‘La vie Matérielle’ (Marguerite Duras), ‘Au Bonheur des Dames’ (Emile Zola), these are just to quote a few. They are also accompanied by iconic and revealing images of this hidden women’s world.  

A qui appartient le corps humain ? Marie Gaille-Nikodimov and Claire Crignon de Oliveira. Médecine, Politique et droit. Les Belles Lettres.

This book presents an interdisciplinary approach about the ownership of the body. In spite of not being a fashion law book, Marie Gaille - Nikodimov and Claire Crignon de Oliveira expose legal and political theories to define the status of the human body in our society, the different positions and demands about the ownership of the body. This part of the book can be interesting for the reader who would like to explore the links between personality rights in the fashion world and the body.