The Culture of Fashion: A New History of Fashionable Dress (Studies in Design and Material Culture)

The Culture of Fashion: A New History of Fashionable Dress (Studies in Design and Material Culture)

By: Christopher Breward (author)Paperback

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This illustrated survey of 600 years of fashion investigates its cultural and social meanings from medieval Europe to 20th-century America. It provides a guide to the changes in style and taste, and challenges existing fashion histories, showing that clothes have always played a pivotal role in defining a sense of identity and society, especially when concerned with sexual and body politics. With a chronological structure, each chapter focuses on both male and female fashion of a specific period, covering its fascinating developments. It discusses: androgynous dressing; body piercing; fabrics, clothing and the rise of city life; dress, and the changing shape of the human body; controversies surrounding trousers and leg wear for both men and women; exposure of flesh; fashion and social status; and the dissemination of fashion through travel, film, magazines and catwalk shows. -- .

Contents

Medieval period - fashioning the body; Renaissance - the rhetoric of power; 17th century - clothing and crisis; 18th century - clothing and commerce; 19th century - fashion and modernity; early 20th century - clothing the masses; late 20th century - catwalk and street style.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780719041259
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780719041259
  • ISBN10: 0719041252

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