Fashion and Modernity
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Fashion and Modernity by Caroline Evans
Book DescriptionIf fashion is an expression of individuality, why do we all dress alike? Can modernity be described as the experience of 'feeling modern' and, if so, what part does fashion play? Answering these intriguing questions and many more, this pioneering book shows how the concepts of fashion and modernity are intimately linked. It argues that capitalism and identity construction as social processes both have symbiotic relationships with the fashion system. Technology, the body, nationality and gender are informed and shaped by modernity, and vice versa. Drawing on key modernist texts as well as fashion theory and practice, this book seeks broadly to cover the history of fashion and modernity, a topic that has been surprisingly overlooked. Tackling themes including court masques in seventeenth-century London, Paris couturiers and forensic laboratories in twentieth-century Washington, the authors show how fashion throughout history has been a cornerstone in the construction of a modern self.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845200282
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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What is the relationship between fashion and modernity, and how is this unique relationship manifested in the material world? This book considers how the relationship between fashion and modernity tests the very definition of modernity and enhances our understanding of the role of fashion in the modern world.
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Author Biography - Caroline Evans
Christopher Breward is Deputy Director of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He is the author of Fashioning London and Fashion. Caroline Evans is a Reader in Fashion Studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She is the author of Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity and Deathliness.
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