About this Project

This is the website for a series of interconnected research projects on the subject of clothing and age. They are part of a continuing research agenda undertaken by Professor Julia Twigg at the University of Kent. The research builds on earlier interest in the Body and Age, and the development of Cultural Gerontology.

Clothing, Age and the Body

The research, funded by ESRC, explores the intersection between ageing, the body and dress from the perspectives of both older women and the Fashion System. It addresses debates about identity and consumption. Read More.

Consumption, Babyboomers and Later Life

The research, funded by British Academy, explores the spending patterns of cohorts of older women, 1961-2006, in relation to clothing, hairdressing and cosmetics.

Dementia and Dress

The research explores the neglected subject of clothing and dementia, addressing questions of embodiment, identity, the self. Read More.

Hair and Hairdressing in Later Years

The work explores the management of hair and the role of hairdressing in the lives of older women. It builds on an analysis of expenditure on hairdressing by cohorts of older women 1961-2006. Read More.

Professor Twigg

Picture of Prof. Julia Twigg

Julia Twigg is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Kent.

She is interested in clothing, age and the body from both a historical and sociological perspective. She is joint convenor with Dr Wendy Martin of the BSA Study group Ageing, the Body and Society.