Visibility and invisibility: make-up for the nightclub

Miller, Janice (2018) Visibility and invisibility: make-up for the nightclub. In: Kries, Mateo , Eisenbrand, Jochen and Rossi, Catharine, (eds.) Night fever: designing club culture, 1960-today. Weil am Rhein, Germany : Vitra Design Museum. pp. 272-281. ISBN 9783945852248

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Abstract

This chapter is concerned with the relationship between makeup and the culture of the nightclub. It seeks to illustrate how makeup, a largely overlooked area of design history, has been a significant aspect of bodily adornment in club culture. Here, the chapter argues, make up symbolises and expresses identity in these spaces, particularly when it comes to gender. The chapter examines a number of iconic venues, and uses textual analysis to consider the social and cultural significance of club makeup in these various moments. Further, this chapter argues that makeup deserves greater attention as a technology of the body since the nightclub has been a space in which makeup has played a key role in enabling club-goers to raise a challenge to social convention. The chapter emphasises that makeup, so often associated with the surfaces of the body has, on many occasions, triggered real and lasting social change.

Item Type: Book Section
Physical Location: This item is held in stock at Kingston University Library
Research Area: Art and design
History of art, architecture and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017)
Depositing User: Janice Miller
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 11:53
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2018 11:56
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/40526

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