The Essence of Style
How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour
By (author) Joan DeJean
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Essence of Style by Joan DeJean
Book DescriptionWhat makes fashionistas willing to pay a small fortune for a particular designer accessory? Why does a special occasion only become really special when a champagne cork pops? Why are diamonds the status symbol gemstone, instantly signifying wealth, power, and even emotional commitment? Writing with great elan, one of the foremost authorities on seventeenth-century French culture provides the answer to these and other fascinating questions in her account of how, at one glittering moment in history, the French under Louis XIV set the standards of sophistication, style, and glamour that still rule our lives today. Joan DeJean takes us back to the birth of haute cuisine, the first appearance of celebrity hairdressers, chic cafes, nightlife, and fashion in elegant dress that extended well beyond the limited confines of court circles. And Paris was the magical center -- the destination of travelers all across Europe. Full of wit, dash, and verve, The Essence of Style will delight fans of history and everybody who wonders about the elusive definition of good taste.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780743264143
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Imprint: The Free Press
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 6-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joan DeJean
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Age of Comfort, Paperback (November 2013)
"[A] fascinating and carefully researched volume ... This way of looking at history, moving outward from the particulars of everyday life, is particularly thrilling."-Los Angeles Times
Against Marriage, Paperback (January 2003)
In 17th century France, aristocratic women were valued by their families as commodities to be married off in exchange for money, social advantage, or military alliance. The Duchesse de Montpensier was one of the few exceptions, as this collection of her letters demonstrates.
Reinvention of Obscenity, Paperback (August 2002)» View all books by Joan DeJean
The concept of obscenity is an ancient one. But as Joan de Jean suggests, its modern form, the same that today's politicians decry, was invented in seventeenth century France. This work also casts a fresh light on the mythical link between sexual impropriety and all things French.
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