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 my earlier interest in embodiment and age and the wider 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, 1961-2011, in relation to clothing, hairdressing and cosmetics. Read More

Dementia and Dress

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

Dress, Masculinities and Age

This project takes forward themes of earlier work, developing them in relation to older men. 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 draws on an analysis of expenditure on hairdressing by cohorts of older women 1961-2006. Read More.

Cultural Gerontology

The exploration of dress is part of the wider intellectual development of Cultural Gerontology. The significance of this is explored in an article jointly written by Dr Wendy Martin and myself and though our edited Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. Read More

Professor Twigg

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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.

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