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Jo Turney

Jo Turney is a design historian with an interest in everyday dress and textile objects and practices, and particularly the praxis at which the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Her research considers everyday practices in a variety of ways, from the making and meanings of textiles (The Culture of Knitting, Berg, 2009), through to their consumption, display and use (Floral Frocks, Antique Collectors Club, 2007, and Images in Time, Wunderkammer, 2011). She is particularly interested in the ways in which users/wearers and society(ies) respond to and re-appropriate clothing and this is explored by her research surrounding women’s clothing in sexual assault court cases, and also menswear, and its relation to deviant behaviour, from the subcultural 1980s casuals to today’s ‘hoodies’ and tracksuit-wearing youth (Fashion and Crime, Bloomsbury, 2019). Her research also encompasses analyses of garments hitherto marginalized from dress history, such as the cardigan, and the white singlet or ‘wife beater’ vest. This research is predominantly situated in the 1970s, a pivotal period in social and design experimentation, innovation and change. She is currently writing a sole-authored book In Private (Bloomsbury, 2021), which considers the cultural significance of 1970s domestic interior design in the United Kingdom and United States, and the ways in which the public informed the private and vice versa as a means of expressing and initiating sociocultural change. She is the founder and co-editor of the Scopus-registered journal Clothing Cultures (Intellect), an editorial board member of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture and is a member of the advisory board for the Dress and Body Association. She likes crime fiction and her cat.

Contact: Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, Park Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8DL, UK.

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