[blockquote]Fashion moves over the body in a similar way to an explorer scanning a map, seeking out peaks and inclines, shortcuts and vistas, though the landscape itself is never fixed.[/blockquote]
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As literary accompaniment to The Fashion Body film season, our essay programme takes a wider look at the overarching debates and discussions raised by the brief as a whole. To begin this season of writing, Fashion Historian and Theorist Professor Christopher Breward tackles the ideas of the fashionably-attired body as a memento mori - in reflecting the human form beneath its surface, fashion in turn reminds us of our own mortality.
A new piece of writing will be launched on Tuesday and Thursday throughout the project, throwing the brief of The Fashion Body open to interpretation from a variety of journalists, authors, theorists and historians. Designed not as accompaniments to individual films or body parts, the essay programme is specifically designed chosen to contrast with the fashion film series, and hence for their ideas and arguments to spark debate in their own right.