Canadian Critical Luxury Studies (Book)

Decentring Luxury

The first study of Canada’s historical, economic and cultural relationship to luxury. From the fur trade to Indigenous resurgence, Eaton’s Made-in-Canada campaign to Toronto Fashion Week, Vancouver public artworks to Montréal’s fashiontech sector, this collection explains what makes Canadian luxury. 19 b/w illus.


From the history of the fur trade to the latest Indigenous fashion movement, from the T. Eaton Company’s 1920s “Made-in-Canada” campaign to the on-again-off-again Toronto Fashion Week, from Vancouver public art commissions to Montréal’s future-forward fashion tech sector, the essays in this volume explain what makes and breaks Canadian luxury.

The book announces a new collective of thinkers who focus on Indigenous and Canadian instances of luxurious production, experiences, and sites to propose a new definition of luxury that includes a plurality of regional practices. Challenging Western perceptions that bind luxury to a colonial past or a consumerist present, these original case studies redefine luxury for Canada, highlighting the notion that Canadian luxury is centered on community and connection.

Jessica P. Clark is a historian of Britain and empire, with a focus on gender, consumption and labour. She is the author of The Business of Beauty: Gender and the Body in Modern London (Bloomsbury, 2020) and an associate professor of history at Brock University.

Nigel Lezama is an associate professor of French studies at Brock University and an editorial board member for fashion studies and the new In Pursuit of Luxury journal. Examining how marginalized and peripheral fashion and luxury practices transform dominant culture, he works at the intersection of fashion, luxury, literary and cultural studies.

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