Remember Maxwell Smart and 99? More particularly, remember 99's synthetic fluoro numbers and the constant battle against Siegfried, the mastermind of Chaos. This book is the real life history that inspired both Barbara Feldon's outfits and tongue-in-cheek fear of all things too left. Inspired by the space age, the designers in this book wrap their models in 'boots and capes resembling cosmonauts', eagerly preparing clothes for 'a life that doesn’t exist yet – the world of tomorrow' - Pierre Cardin. This was the age when ready-mades came into fashion, and clothes came to be seen as an alternate form of architecture or sculpture.
This book explores Cold War fashion in all its aspects, ranging from innovations in materials to the cybernetic visions of the 1960s, from the bikini to the spacesuit, vinyl radiation suits to high-tech jewellery and Paco Rabanne to Barbarella. Set in the context of art, film, science and design, Pavitt explores how the image of the body was shaped by Cold War concern, atomic anxieties, the space race, technological developments and the first forays into 'hyper-reality'. With a stunning selection of images alongside military, political and scientific research, the book shows how counter-cultural theories and experiences in the later 1960s shaped an alternative view of the 'Cold War Body'.
About The Author
Jane Pavitt is the University of Brighton Senior Research Fellow in Product Design at the V&A. She is lead curator of the exhibition Cold War Modern and has curated several major exhibitions including Brilliant (V&A2004) and Brand New (V&A 2000) and edited the accompanying books.
|Fashion in an age of anxiety||p. 6|
|The Cold War body||p. 18|
|The space age body||p. 40|
|The Cybernetic body||p. 78|
|Epilogue: future shocked||p. 106|
|Further reading||p. 121|
|Image credits||p. 124|
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Number Of Pages: 128
Published: November 2008
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 19.1 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.506