Pravina Shukla will discuss her recent book, Costume: Performing Identities through Dress at the College of Arts and Humanities Institute at Indiana University on Thursday, December 1, at 5 p.m.
Daily dress reflects personal identity; costume is often described as the clothing of who we are not, of the people we are pretending to be. But costume signals a different self, urging the daily further along an artistic trajectory that leads to heightened communication and often culminates in a spectacle for public consumption. Like ritual, costumed events are distinct from daily existence, and therefore they allow for extreme forms of dress to aid in the formation of an alternative identity.
Pravina Shukla is Associate Professor of Folklore at IU Bloomington. She is the author of The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India (IU Press, 2008), for which she received the Millia Davenport Publication Award from the Costume Society of America in 2009, and the A.K. Coomaraswamy Book Prize in 2010. She is also co-editor of The Individual and Tradition: Folkloristic Perspectives, with Ray Cashman and Tom Mould (IU Press, 2011).
The College of Arts and Humanities Institute is located at 1211 E. Atwater Avenue in Bloomington.