The representational economy of the modern city has often been gendered male. This chapter examines the representation of women in the city through fashion media from the early 1900s to the present, as both spectacle and self-apprehended image. In doing so, I reveal an alternate history of the city, where women’s relationship to the architecture and streetscapes of the urban environment are presented as sites of emancipation, autonomy, and self-affirming action. In paying attention to how fashion images contribute to women’s imaginaries of the city—through narratives of marching, walking, striding, and dancing—I argue that a set of cosmopolitan female performative roles emerge that lay challenge to the ubiquity of heroic male types of the modern metropolis.
|Title of host publication||Contentious Cities|
|Subtitle of host publication||Design and the Gendered Production of Space|
|Place of Publication||Oxon, UK|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|