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Neorealism, the bra and the new Indian woman in Satyajit Ray’s The Big City

Neorealism, the bra and the new Indian woman in Satyajit Ray’s The Big City
Neorealism, the bra and the new Indian woman in Satyajit Ray’s The Big City
This article fulfils several gaps within fashion studies scholarship, it contributes to fashion and film studies outside of the mainstream cinemas of Hollywood and Bollywood. By analysing the bra, the article extends Indian dress cultures scholarship beyond the traditional sari to reveal a deeper set of postcolonial identity constructions. It also extends influential western scholarship on power dressing and intimate wear (corset, bra, lingerie and hosiery) and its links to modernity, sexuality and femininity to a non-western context. Furthermore, the transnational links to Italian neorealist cinema on Ray’s cinematic aesthetics reveal the ways in which global film cultures influence fashion in local film cultures and can tell multi-layered and subliminal stories of our real and imaginary relationship to our identities, past, present and future.
underwear, India, Film, Neorealism, Italian cinema, the body, melodrama, Postcolonial, bra, Dress, Fashion
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Begum, Lipi
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Begum, Lipi
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Begum, Lipi (2019) Neorealism, the bra and the new Indian woman in Satyajit Ray’s The Big City. Fashion Theory, 1-22. (doi:10.1080/1362704X.2018.1532730).

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Abstract

This article fulfils several gaps within fashion studies scholarship, it contributes to fashion and film studies outside of the mainstream cinemas of Hollywood and Bollywood. By analysing the bra, the article extends Indian dress cultures scholarship beyond the traditional sari to reveal a deeper set of postcolonial identity constructions. It also extends influential western scholarship on power dressing and intimate wear (corset, bra, lingerie and hosiery) and its links to modernity, sexuality and femininity to a non-western context. Furthermore, the transnational links to Italian neorealist cinema on Ray’s cinematic aesthetics reveal the ways in which global film cultures influence fashion in local film cultures and can tell multi-layered and subliminal stories of our real and imaginary relationship to our identities, past, present and future.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 7 January 2019
Keywords: underwear, India, Film, Neorealism, Italian cinema, the body, melodrama, Postcolonial, bra, Dress, Fashion

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Local EPrints ID: 429901
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/429901
PURE UUID: d73247a5-6d2a-4d5c-b7b5-86ff100ceff7
ORCID for Lipi Begum: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5719-4032

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Date deposited: 08 Apr 2019 16:31
Last modified: 18 Jul 2019 10:39

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