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Fashion and Female Desire in Iran after 1979

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Azadeh Fatehrad


This essay negotiate the gender identity in relation to fashion in Iran. After revolution 1979 in Iran the enforcement of dress code, forced women to cover up. Since then I believe the Fashion is only way to express the female subjectivity. This essay will examine the way is which fashion reflect the Idea of gender identity and subjectivity through Islamic condition.

In terms of the political aspect of veiling, the body can be interpreted as a site of protest as Amelia Jones (2001) claimed: “The body is the site for transgressing the constraints of meaning or normality” (1). Since the body as a medium can emphasise gender identity and “political engagement”, it would appear that veiling, unveiling, the nude body or the painted body, can each communicate a variety of thoughts and states. In terms of the “body as a site of protest” lies the issue that “links the subject (body) to her/his social environment” (1).


1.Warr, Tracey and Amelia Jones (2000). The Artist’s Body. London: Philadon.


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