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Drastic changes in the career aspirations of women in the developed world have resulted in a new, globalised market for off-the-peg designer clothes created by independent artisans. This book reports on a phenomenon that seems to exemplify the twin imperatives of globalisation and female emancipation. A major conceptual contribution to the literatures on globalisation, fashion and gender, analysing the ways in which women’s entry into the labour force over the past thirty years in the developed world has underpinned new forms of aestheticised production and consumption as well as the growth of ‘work-style’ businesses A vital contribution to the burgeoning literature on culture and creative industries which often ignores the significant roles taken by women as entrepreneurs and designers rather than mere consumers Introduces fashion scholars and economic geographers to a paradigmatic example of the new designer fashion industries emerging in a range of countries not traditionally associated with fashion Takes a fresh perspective on an industry in which Third World garment workers have been the subject of exhaustive analysis but first world women have been largely ignored Content: Chapter 1 What We Saw and Why We Started this Project (pages 1–18): Chapter 2 Global Aspirations (pages 19–42): Chapter 3 Policy for a New Economy (pages 43–68): with Richard Le Heron and Nick LewisChapter 4 Cultivating Urbanity (pages 69–97): with Alison GoodrumChapter 5 Gendering the ‘Virtuous Circle’ (pages 99–123): Chapter 6 Creating Global Subjects (pages 125–151): Chapter 7 Lifestyle or Workstyle? Female Entrepreneurs in New Zealand Designer Fashion (pages 153–178): Chapter 8 Conclusion (pages 179–189):
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