In both scholarly and popular debates, fashion images are criticized for giving the wrong examples and for conveying ideals of beauty that are too white, too thin, too objectified and too idealized. Despite this controversy, however, there is very little research focusing on fashion images. Elise van der Laan addresses this lacuna with a detailed study of such images and how they are shaped by the aesthetic standards and logics of the field of fashion photography and by wider societal factors. Her study is based on observations, interviews and a content analysis of 13,353 fashion images published in Western Europe between 1982 and 2011.
E.C. van der Laan: Why Fashion Models Don't Smile. Aesthetic Standards and Logics in the Field of Fashion Images, 1982-2011.
Prof. G.M.M. Kuipers
Dr O.J.M. Velthuis
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