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UAlbany 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.

In 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.

Bailey 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 of America.

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