Book of the Week: Out Of Shape by Mel Campbell
Our book of the week is Mel Campbell’s brilliant investigation into fashion and shape – Out Of Shape. In this bold and entertaining book, Campbell examines the tensions between our cultural ideals and our own bodies.
In her review, Jessica Au calls Campbell’s writing intellectually charged, feminist and smart:
“*Out of Shape* isn’t a fashion glossy or a confessional. Rather, it’s a look at how the industry works on a social level: how what we’re offered influences what we wear, how what we wear makes us feel about ourselves and others, and what this signals to the broader social strata in return.”
Campbell recently reflected further on the themes in the book in this article from the Wheeler Centre, where she talks about makeover culture:
“Whenever I’ve longed for a makeover, it’s because I wanted people to change their minds about me. I wanted an expert to say, ‘You’re awesome,’ and to transform my appearance so the rest of the world saw it too.”