Negative Aesthetics, Grotesque Bodies and Disgusting Fashion in the 21st century


  • Danae Ioannou Cyprus University of Technology



Disgust, Soma, Negative Aesthetics, Feminine, Fashion


The aesthetics of body and dress are in a continuous flux. The body, being the locus where fashion challenges the traditional norms, escapes from the narrow boundaries of the conventionally beautiful; the disgusting soma, in the realm of Negative Aesthetics, takes its place. In this paper, I attempt to define what is disgusting fashion and how can contribute to the deliberation of the body from the restricting margins of the aesthetically beautiful. The distorted imagery of the feminine soma is the center of the analysis of the non-beautiful as an aesthetically pleasing phenomenon. Different examples of repulsive clothing are analyzed from a philosophical point of view, in order to understand the relation between the negative emotional responses towards disgusting fashion and its aesthetic value.


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How to Cite

Ioannou, D. (2023). Negative Aesthetics, Grotesque Bodies and Disgusting Fashion in the 21st century. ZoneModa Journal, 13(1S), 65–73.



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