Below-the-(Hem)line:Storytelling as Collective Resistance in Costume Design

Warner, Helen (2018) Below-the-(Hem)line:Storytelling as Collective Resistance in Costume Design. Feminist Media Histories, 4 (1). pp. 37-57. ISSN 2373-7492

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Abstract

This article examines the storytelling practices of a particular community of “below-the-line” practitioners: costume designers. Their stories are often written out of media histories that privilege the testimonies of above-the-line (typically male) professionals. This article provides a corrective to these androcentric accounts of media production. Using material gathered from the Costume Designers Guild’s official publication, the Costume Designer (launched in 2005), I apply a gendered lens to the examination of trade stories and argue that the stories costume designers tell can be understood as radical acts of “speaking out” against a neoliberal production culture that attempts to silence them.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 01:22
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/65959
DOI: 10.1525/fmh.2018.4.1.37

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