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Book Proposal: Dressing Alternatively in a Conformist Society

Hello darlings!


I've recently updated my Patreon tiers to add an option for book supporters! So you don't have to support blindly, I've written out the book proposal below and you can decide whether you want to encourage this venture. If you wish to see the quality of my writing, you can check out my blog posts here.


Suggested title (not finalised):

Dressing Alternatively in a Conformist Society


Suggested subtitle (not finalised):

The history of alternative dress, where it fits in modern society and why more people should dress alternatively. 


Chapter outline:


1. What is alternative dress?

Definition; the modern mindset towards alternative dress and 'standing out' in general; the relationship between the self and clothing.


2. The history of alternative dress.

From the beginning of time to the early 20th century. What fashion conformity looked like; fashion developments; famous eccentrics and alternative dressers.


3. Modern alternative dress & subcultures.

Beatniks, hippies, punks etc.


4. Why you should dress alternatively.

How to dress according to your own style; accessible ways to dress alternatively; tips on sewing and altering to make your own unique wardrobe.


Audience:

Those with an interest in history and the mindset that goes into being 'different'.


Author biography:

Aisha Miljan is a qualified seamstress with a BA (Hons) in Costume and Performance Design from Arts University Bournemouth. She started Perfect Little Parcel in 2015 and has completed custom orders for individual clients all over the world. She started wearing her own handmade historical wardrobe in 2020 and hasn’t looked back since.


Comp titles:

Clothing: a global history by Robert Ross.

Gothic Fashion The History: From Barbarians to Haute Couture by Katie Godman.

Alternative Femininities: Body, Age and Identity by Samantha Holland.


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If you like the sound of this please support me on Patreon here. There are three tiers you can choose from, 'Audience' which has no perks (but you support me!), 'Patron' which gets access to all of my blog posts and PDF tutorials (otherwise available for individual sale on my Etsy) or 'Book Supporter'.


The book supporter tier will get you a free PDF version of this book when it is released and a percentage off a physical version, if I decide to make a physical version in the end. You only need to subscribe to this tier for one month to get the perks.


The proposed release date of this book is late 2025/early 2026.


Thank you so much for your support!


Aisha x

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