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Clothing and meaning making: a multimodal approach to women’s abayas
Maynooth University, Kildare, Ireland.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1855-4258
2017 (English)In: Visual Communication, ISSN 1470-3572, E-ISSN 1741-3214, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 187-207Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article takes a multimodal discourse approach to women’s fashion in the Middle East. It places the Islamic abaya in the UAE in the context of the wider literature on fashion and identity, exploring the way in which clothing features and forms can prescribe ideas, values and attitudes, and framing this discussion within newer ideas on globalization. As Roland Barthes argued, it is not so much personal choice or diversity in fashion that is of interest, but the kinds of values and expected behaviours that they imply. The abaya, on the one hand, represents a more newly arrived idea of traditional, local and religious identity, linking to some extent to an imagined sense of a monolithic notion of Islamic clothing. But, on the other hand, this is itself reformulated locally through international representations, ideas and values, and integrated with newer ideas of taste.

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London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 17, no 2, p. 187-207
Keywords [en]
Fashion, semiotics, Abaya, identity, discourse, Middle East, islamic fashion, globalization, multimodality, clothing semiotics
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Social Sciences Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53856DOI: 10.1177/1470357217742340ISI: 000429977500003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044573609OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-53856DiVA, id: diva2:1054916
Available from: 2016-12-09 Created: 2016-12-09 Last updated: 2018-09-04Bibliographically approved

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