In 2005, British supermodel Kate Moss went to Glastonbury with her then-boyfriend, indie rocker Pete Doherty. Their unwashed appearance captured widespread attention, propelling the British indie music scene and its signature look-slender bodies clad in skinny jeans-to the center of popular fashion.
Using this fashionable watershed as a launching point, Fashioning Indie narrates indie's evolution: from a 1980s British music subculture into a 21st-century international fashion phenomenon. It explores the lucrative transformation of indie style, first into high concept menswear and later into “festival fashion”-a womenswear phenomenon that remade what indie looked like and provided a launching point to reimagine who the ideal subject of indie could be.
Fashioning Indie is essential reading for academic and popular audiences, offering an original account of what happens when a subculture is incorporated into the commercial fashion system. As the music and fashions of festivals face increasing scrutiny in debates about diversity and inclusion, and the transformations of indie style coincide with the global expansion of the second-hand retail sector, the book offers also essential insights into the broader culture of popular fashion in the 21st century and the values that inform it.
Bloomsbury Publishing; October 2019
- ISBN: 9781350126343
- Edition: 1
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: Fashioning Indie
Series: Dress Cultures
- Author: Rachel Lifter
Imprint: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
In The Press
'Indie' may be short for 'independent,' but the thrifted, often ill-fitting clothes that indie kids wear tell a more complicated story. Lifter tells that story here-with all its messy cultural and racial politics intact-in sharp and accessible prose.
About The Author
Rachel Lifter is Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies at Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, USA. Her writing appears in Fashion Cultures Revisited (2013), Fashioning Professionals (Bloomsbury 2018), and Fashion Stylists (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2020).