Essence of Style by Joan DeJean
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Essence of Style
By Joan DeJean

The Essence of Style

How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour

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Essence of Style by Joan DeJean

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What 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 Details

ISBN: 9780743264143
ISBN-10: 0743264142
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 316
Imprint: The Free Press
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 6-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Explores the idea that by 1700 Paris had become the capital that would transform forever our conception of the city and of urban life.

Age of Comfort by Joan DeJean 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 by Joan DeJean Against Marriage, Paperback (January 2003)

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Reinvention of Obscenity by Joan DeJean Reinvention of Obscenity, Paperback (August 2002)

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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