Fashion Under Fascism
Beyond the Black Shirt
By (author) Eugenia Paulicelli
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Fashion Under Fascism by Eugenia Paulicelli
Book DescriptionWhen we think of Italian fashion, Gucci, Max Mara and the meteoric rise of Prada immediately spring to mind. But Italian fashion has a dark history that has not previously been explored. The Fascism of 1930s Italy dominated more than just politics - it spilled over into modes of dress. Fashion under Fascism is the first book to consider this link in detail.Fashion often functions as a tacit means of making a social statement, but under Mussolini it vividly reflected political tyranny. Ones allegiance to the regime was choreographed by the dictatorship with the intent of creating a new national consciousness. Women in particular were manipulated through fashion ideals to create an authentic Italian femininity. Paulicelli explores the subtle yet sinister changes to the seemingly innocuous practices of everyday dress and shows why they were such a concern for the state. Importantly, she also demonstrates how these developments impacted on the global dominance of Italian fashion today.This fascinating book includes interviews with major designers, such as Fernanda Gattinoni and Micol Fontana, and sheds new light on the complicated relationship between style and politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859737781
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Eugenia Paulicelli
Italian Style, Hardback (September 2016)
"Provides an historical and theoretical framework to understand the different typologies and meanings of costume in film, going beyond content and identity of a character"--
Fabric of Cultures, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by Eugenia Paulicelli
Fashion is both public and private, material and symbolic, always caught within the lived experience and providing an incredible tool to study culture and history. This title examines the impact of fashion as a manufacturing industry and as a culture industry that shapes the identities of nations and cities in a cross-cultural perspective.
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Author Biography - Eugenia Paulicelli
Eugenia Paulicelli is Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, Queens College and the Graduate School, City University of New York.
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