'The close-up of the ‘flawless’ perfect face or the phallic body is where fetishism and fashion meet. Tight clothing, high heels, belts - or lacing, rubber, leather, masks; the thrust of a breast or a curve of a back, I could go on - deal with anxiety and comfort the spectator by providing an object where the cracks have been smoothed over.'
Our latest Fashion Fetish essay comes from academic and writer Roberta McGrath. The associate lecturer in Photographic Theory and Criticism at Edinburgh Napier University, and author of Seeing Her Sex: Medical Archives and the Female Body, draws on her expertise in visual representation to unpick the dark undertones in Liberty Ross and Polly Borland's unnerving film Dollywood. Read her thoughts now.