2. Fashion, Illusion, and Alienation

  1. Jessica Wolfendale2 and
  2. Jeanette Kennett3
  1. Nick Zangwill

Published Online: 31 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444345568.ch2

Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style

Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style

How to Cite

Zangwill, N. (2011) Fashion, Illusion, and Alienation, in Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style (eds J. Wolfendale and J. Kennett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444345568.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    West Virginia University, USA

  2. 3

    Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Author Information

  1. Durham University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 2 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199902

Online ISBN: 9781444345568



  • fashion, illusion, and alienation - clothes, shoes, hairstyles, ideas and activities, more or less fashionable;
  • being fashionable, like being famous in that it is - what philosophers call as “relational property”;
  • notions of fame and fashion, and social relations - facts, what is and is not fashionable;
  • fame and fashionableness, an idea or activity - to a group of people at a time, viewing things in certain ways;
  • fashion and fame, the difference - the way, that something appears fashionable;
  • appearing fashionable, and Mick Jagger - looking “groovy” or “hip,” using fashionable vocabulary back then in 1965;
  • two concepts of fashion, sociological and appearance concept - schizoid torn between two aspects, in tension;
  • fashionableness, in perceptual experience - thought of as a simple property;
  • metaphysics of fashionableness - when something appearing cool to one, involving an illusion;
  • fashion and alienation, sociological and phenomenological aspects - clashing, tension in thoughts about fashionableness


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What Is It To Be Fashionable?

  • Appearing Fashionable

  • Two Concepts of Fashion

  • Fashion and Alienation

  • The Metaphysics of Fashion