Faculty Book: Elizabeth Wissinger

Elizabeth Wissinger
This Year's Model:
Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour

NYU Press (2015)

In This Year’s Model, Elizabeth Wissinger weaves together in-depth interviews and research at model castings, photo shoots, and runway shows to offer a glimpse into the life of the model throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Once an ad hoc occupation, the “model life” now involves a great deal of physical and virtual management of the body, or what Wissinger terms “glamour labor.” Wissinger argues that glamour labor—the specialized modeling work of self-styling, crafting a ‘look’ and building an image—has been amplified by the rise of digital media, as new technologies make tinkering with the body’s form and image easy. Models now present self-fashioning, self-surveillance, and self-branding as essential behaviors for anyone who is truly in the know and ‘in fashion.’

Elizabeth Wissinger (M.A. in Liberal Studies) is a professor of fashion studies at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: NOV 12, 2015

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