Institutul de Științe Politice şi Relaţii Internaţionale „Ion I. C. Brătianu” al Academiei Române; Institute of Political Sciences and International Relations “Ion I. C. Brătianu”, Romanian Academy
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This is not a leather jacket: Michel Foucault in the scheme of “fashion thinking”
On the edge of a dialogue with designer Ștefan Muscă
The present text is the dialogic conclusion offered for the Romanian Fashion Philosophy Event (18-20 April 2019, Qreator by Iqos, Bucharest), resulting from a certain type of analysis and interpretation, by folding/applying the philosophy of Michel Foucault on the fashionable patterns of “fashion thinking”, and also from a very unusual way of laying down precisely articulated philosophical perspectives, from the laboratory of Romanian fashion itself, during conversation with designer Ștefan Muscă.
The statement this is not a leather jacket will work [here] in the same interpretive way of correspondence – ceci n’est pas une pipe, pleading in favour of a double set of arguments: the first is aimed at the present absence of the French philosopher in the/from finite fabrics of the domain of fashion thinking, by the process of (de)marking theoretical segments able to make us to believe both in a series of method (fashion) insinuations, while still fingerprinting them with the substance of ideas, the constituent-irrigators of the area; the second recovers the ability of re-signifying the location of the body in the structure of socio-institutional relevant contexts, Foucault’s views showcasing processes that underlie the system of fashion, able to provide the necessary tools for both image analysis and visibility, for the transfer of the insignia of clothing into the practice of the socio-politico-cultural. An appearance that is prevailing in the attempted placement of Michel Foucault inside a series of fashionable designers, consisting precisely in his recognition as philosophical trendsetter.
Keywords: „fashion thinking”, Michel Foucault, fashionable, dressing, clothing
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