Wearable Objects and Curative Things: Materialist Approaches to the Intersections of Fashion, Art, Health and Medicine

Paula Chambers (Editor), Fiona Johnson (Editor), Ellen Sampson (Editor), Dawn Woolley (Editor)

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This book explores the intersections between wearable objects and human health, with particular emphasis on how artists and designers are creatively responding to and rethinking these relations. Addressing a rich range of wearable artefacts, from mobility aids and prosthetics to clothing and accessories to digital health tracking devices, its themes include care and cure; wellness culture and the commoditization of health; and the complex interactions between (human) bodies and (non-human) objects. With a theoretical framework inspired by the work of materialist thinkers including Sherry Turkle, Bruno Latour and Jane Bennett, and bringing the disciplinary fields of fashion studies, art and design practice, and medical and health humanities into dialogue for the first time, this volume draws attention to the complex agencies entangled in the things we wear, and situates fashion and art in relation to broader cultural and historical contexts of health, illness and disability.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9783031400179
ISBN (Print)9783031400162
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2023
EventCurative Things: Medicine Fashion Art - Online
Duration: 12 Feb 2021 → …

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Fashion and the Body
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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