“‘Women’s Tales’: Postfeminist Adventures into Consumerville”

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This article examines the project ‘Women’s Tales’, an on-going series of short films that fashion designer Miuccia Prada commissioned from international female directors, among them Lucrecia Martel, Ava DuVernay and Agnès Varda. By situating this endeavour in relation to female agency, authorial expressivity, and consumerism, it is argued that the project conforms to postfeminist media culture for its celebration of feminine bonds, make-over strategies and the use of luxury as a tool for pleasure and empowerment. As a series of fashion films at the interstices of different systems: advertisement and art, film and online media, experimental and mainstream practices, ‘Women’s Tales’ occasionally contain some critical potential, but struggle to challenge existing fashion paradigms. This article questions the postfeminist ethos that the project espouses, claiming that through its in-between, interstitial status, ‘Women’s Tales’ destabilise representational conventions without really disrupting fashions’ foundation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-42
JournalComunicazioni Sociali
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2017


  • postfeminism
  • fashion film
  • girlhood
  • women
  • authorship
  • media industry
  • gender
  • fashion
  • cultural capital


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