The first stage of the project consists of interviews with men of diverse ages, bodies, sexual orientations, ethnicities and (dis)abilities. During this stage, participants provide a tour of their wardrobes and describe the feelings and memories they attach to their clothes.
The second stage is a transmedia fashion show featuring the interviewees. This process performs the research, sharing the results with the public through a creative, visual, and familiar medium.
This feminist-driven project created a new approach to understand and transform how men see themselves, interact with each other, and engage with women.
Refashioning Masculinity: Men’s Fashion Consumption in the Digital Age
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, forthcoming
“Notes From the Field: New Perspectives on the Fashion Show”
Fashion Studies Journal, Volume 1 Issue 1
Ben Barry (2016)
“Gender Rebels: Inside the Wardrobes of Young Gay Men with Subversive Style”
Fashion, Style & Popular Culture (special issue on LGBT fashion and style), Volume 3 Issue 2, page 225–250
Ben Barry and Dylan Martin (2016)
“Suited for Success? Suits, Status, and Hybrid Masculinity”
Men and Masculinities, Volume 20 Issue 1
Ben Barry and Nathaniel Weiner (2017)
“Enclothed Knowledge: The Fashion Show as a Method of Dissemination in Arts-Informed Research”
Forum: Qualitative Social Research (FQS), Volume 18 Issue 3
Ben Barry (2017)
Ben Barry (PI), Daniel Drak, Stephanie Rotz, Dylan Martin, Rebecca Holliday, Amy Smith, Nathaniel Weiner, Lawrence Cortez, Alyksandra Ackerman, Jennifer Braun, Jeanine Brito