Philosophical Perspectives on Fashion places philosophical approaches at the heart of contemporary fashion studies. Considering the mutual relationships between aesthetics, modern society and culture, fashion and the fine arts, and the way these relationships have influenced and shaped our views on identity and taste, this ground-breaking book also explores the various intellectual and cultural movements that inform how people dress.
In the context of the most recent debates, the leading fashion and philosophy scholars contributing to this volume refer to and apply theories posed by key thinkers of the modern and contemporary age, from Darwin and Wittgenstein to Husserl and Goodman, in order to answer questions such as: what is the essence of fashion and the reasons behind its fascination? What is `anti-fashion'? What or who do we imitate when we `follow' fashion? What is fashion criticism and what should it be?
Anyone studying or interested in fashion, philosophy or art will find this book a rich source of ideas, insight and information. Philosophical Perspectives on Fashion is a valuable contribution to contemporary fashion theory and aesthetics, one that revitalizes the way we look at the form, purpose and meaning of fashion and aesthetic experience.
Giovanni Matteucci is Full Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Bologna, Italy. Stefano Marino is a Researcher and Lecturer of Aesthetics at the University of Bologna, Italy.
Introduction: Philosophical Perspectives on Fashion - 1 Philosophical Accounts of Fashion in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century, Stefano Marino - 2 Fashion: A Conceptual Constellation, Giovanni Matteucci - 3 Anti-Fashion: If Not Fashion, Then What?, Nickolas Pappas - 4 Fits of Fashion: THe Somaesthetics of Style, Richard Shusterman - 5 On Fashion Criticism, Lars Svendsen - 6 Thought Without Concept: Carol Christian Poel's Paradoxical Aesthetics, Christian Michel - 7 Caprices of Fashion in Culture and Biology: Charles Darwin's Aesthetics of 'Ornament', Winifried Menninghaus - 8 Fashionable Proteus: The Euphoria of FAshion for Fashion's Sake, Cesar Moreno-Marquez - 9 The Fascination of Contingency: Fashion and Modern Society, Elena Esposito Index