Fashion is an economic and social force, a culture industry, a global power-house, a political statement. Fashion can express freedom or constriction; it can repress or liberate the body. WSQ Fashion investigates this inherently gendered issue and explores how it ignites passions, produces colossal waste, demands ruthless exclusion, and inspires hysterical devotion.
Eugenia Paulicelli is a professor at Queens college and a member of the doctoral faculty in comparative literature and women's studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Elizabeth Wissinger is an associate professor of sociology at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, and teaches fashion studies in the new fashion track in the CUNY Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program.