By (author) Lars Svendsen
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Fashion by Lars Svendsen
Book DescriptionDonatella Versace and Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci: fashion is at once a familiar yet mysteriously elite world that we all experience, whether we're buying a new pair of jeans, reading Vogue, or watching the latest episode of America's Next Top Model. Lars Svendsen dives into this world in "Fashion: A Philosophy", exploring the myths, ideas, and history that makes up haute couture, the must-have trends over the centuries, and the very concept of fashion itself. "Fashion" opens with an exploration of all the possible meanings encompassed by the word fashion', as Svendsen probes its elusive place in art, politics, and history. Ultimately, however, he focuses on the most notable type of fashion: clothing. With his trademark dry wit, he deftly dismantles many of the axioms of the industry and its supporters. For example, he points out that some of the latest fashions shown on catwalks aren't actually fashionable' in any sense of the word, arguing that they're more akin to modern art works, and he argues against the increasingly popular idea that plastic surgery and body modification are part of a new wave of consumerism. Svendsen draws upon the writings of thinkers from Adam Smith to Roland Barthes to analyse fashion as both a historical phenomenon and a philosophy of aesthetics. Whether critiquing a relentless media culture that promotes perfect bodies or parsing the never-ending debate over the merits of conformity versus individual style, Lars Svendsen offers an engaging and intriguing analysis of fashion and the motivations behind its constant pursuit for the new.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861892911
(200mm x 120mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 15-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lars Svendsen
Philosophy of Evil, Paperback (April 2010)
Svendsen has a way with words, and, unlike many writers of philosophy books, is also blessed with a sly wit and a thorough knowledge of popular culture. Phil Miller, The Glasgow Herald
Philosophy of Fear, Paperback (July 2008)» View all books by Lars Svendsen
Surveillance cameras. Airport security lines. We see manifestations of societal fears every day, and daily news reports on the latest household danger or raised terror threat level continually stoke our sense of impending doom. This book explores the underlying ideas and issues behind this powerful emotion.
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Author Biography - Lars Svendsen
Lars Svendsen is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway. He is the author of many books, including Man, Morals and Genes: A Critique of Biologism (2001), The Philosophy of Evil (2001) and the critically acclaimed and successful A Philosophy of Boredom (Reaktion, 2005).
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