Criminologist Focuses on Crime and Fashion
Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 12, 2003) -- From the elegance of James
Bond in black tie to the streetwise styles of young urban
males, clothing speaks volumes. How fashion speaks to issues
of crime will be addressed by Frankie Y. Bailey, a University
at Albany associate professor of criminal justice and crime
novelist, in "Crime and Culture: Dressed to Kill?"
The lecture on clothes, crime and impression management on
Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the New York State Museum
Theatre is free and open to the public.
her presentation, Bailey will take a sometimes serious, sometimes
humorous look at clothing in the context of social history.
Taking the "Zoot Suit Riots" during World War II
as an example, she will discuss how clothing can become symbolic
of social tensions. She will look at efforts to monitor or
control clothing with regard to race, class and gender. Bailey
will also examine how clothing is worn to bond or rebel -
using examples from the attire of defendants on trial in courtrooms
to teenagers in black leather jackets. The lecture will also
include information about the movement of prison fashion from
the "big house" to fashion runways.
is the co-author of Law Never Here: A Social History of African
American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice, and Out
of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction
(Greenwood Press, 1991), as well as three mystery novels.
She earned her Ph.D. in criminal justice at UAlbany, where
she has been a professor since 1990. She is a member of the
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Mystery Writers