Fashionable 'fags' and stylish 'sissies':the representation of Stanford in 'Sex and the City' and Nigel in 'The Devil Wears Prada'

Richardson, Niall (2012) Fashionable 'fags' and stylish 'sissies':the representation of Stanford in 'Sex and the City' and Nigel in 'The Devil Wears Prada'. Film, Fashion & Consumption, 1 (2). pp. 137-157. ISSN 20442823

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Abstract

This paper considers the representation of Stanford in Sex and the City and Nigel in The Devil Wears Prada and analyses whether or not they differ from the early stereotypes of homosexuality portrayed in Hollywood narrative cinema. The paper will argue that these stereotypes play an important role as defining others for the female leads, especially in relation to fashion. Both Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada can be described as 'fashion films' in that they are pro-fashion texts, proclaiming the joy and pleasure that fashion and consumption can offer the post-feminist, metropolitan woman. However, while both the leading female characters and the gay men demonstrate a love of fashion, the women's consumption of designer clothes is represented in the film texts as making them more 'attractive' while the gay men's adoration of fashion has the very opposite effect.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 09:57
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 09:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/44110
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