This book demonstrates how fashion brands communicate, why the practice is significant within wider society and how it can be perceived as culturally meaningful.
Enabling readers to connect the tools and techniques of communication with their theoretical underpinnings and historical antecedents, the book shows how these methods can be applied in practice. The authors utilize social, consumer and cultural theory, and frameworks rooted in psychology, sociology and economics, as mechanisms to analyze and deconstruct current communication strategies used by fashion brands. The book presents insights and strategies for communicating authentic values, conveying a clearly defined aesthetic and visual language and generating shareable content that resonates with audiences. With insights into strategies used by brands including Burberry, Gucci, Dior, COS, Rapha and Maryam Nassir Zadeh, each chapter outlines ways of maintaining relevant and consistent brand narratives in the 21st century. From how to sustain a dialogue with a brand’s community, to the use of brand collaboration, co-creative storytelling and fashion spaces, the book aims to develop reflective communication practitioners who have a deep understanding of the cultural landscape; brand strategy and industry innovation.
Written for scholars and practitioners, this book is a valuable blend of theory and practice across the fields of fashion, communication and branding.
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Fashion Brand Communication
Chapter 2: The Fashion Industry Context
Chapter 3: The role of the fashion communicator as a cultural intermediary
Chapter 4: Motivation and the fashion consumer?
Chapter 5: Communicating Brand Identity, Creating Fashionable Identities
Chapter 6: Co-creating Fashion Spaces
Chapter 7: Co-Creative Storytelling
Chapter 8: Strategy: Building a Brand Community
Chapter 9: Strategy: The Symbolic Value of Fashion Brand Collaboration
Conclusion and future directions: How Fashion Brand Communication Shapes Culture