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Couples and Chronic Illness; Fashion and Dress in Later Life

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First broadcast:
Wednesday 18 December 2013

Fashion and dress in later life: Laurie Taylor talks to the sociologist, Julia Twigg, about her study into the links between clothing and age. Throughout history certain forms and styles of dress have been deemed appropriate for people as they get older. Older women, in particular, have been advised to dress in toned down, covered up styles. Drawing on fashion theory and cultural gerontology, Professor Twigg interviewed older women, fashion editors, clothing designers and retailers. She asks if the emergence of a 'grey market' is finally shifting cultural norms and trends. The broadcaster, writer and fashion enthusiast, Robert Elms, joins the discussion.

Also, Research Student, Eloise Radcliffe, discusses her study into how couples cope when one develops a chronic illness.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Eloise Radcliffe

    Research Student, King’s College London



    Find out more about Eloise Radcliffe


    Abstract: Co-construction of chronic illness narratives by older stroke survivors and their spouses
    Eloise Radcliffe, Karen Lowton, Myfanwy Morgan
    DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12012
    Sociology of Health & Illness
    Volume 35, Issue 7, pages 993–1007, September 2013

  • Julia Twigg

    Professor of Social Policy and Sociology, University of Kent



    Find out more about Julia Twigg



    Fashion and Age: Dress, the Body and Later Life
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
    ISBN-10: 1847886957
    ISBN-13: 978-1847886958

    Project: Clothing & Age – The changing role of dress in the constitution of age

  • Robert Elms

    English writer and broadcaster


    Find out more about Robert Elms


    The Way We Wore: A Life In Threads
    Publisher: Picador
    ISBN-10: 0330420321
    ISBN-13: 978-0330420327

  • Ethnography Award

    Thank you for all your entries.


    These are now being reviewed by the judges for the Award, Professor Dick Hobbs, Professor Henrietta Moore, Dr Louise Westmarland, Professor Bev Skeggs. The Chair is Professor Laurie Taylor. (Please do not contact any judges directly).


    The judges will be looking for work which displays flair, originality and clarity, alongside sound methodology. The work should make a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant area of research.


    The panel of judges will select six finalists, and from that shortlist the judges will select an overall winner who will be awarded a prize of £1000.


    The finalists will be contacted by telephone early spring of 2014 and the winner of the Award will be announced at the BSA Annual Conference in April 2014.


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