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Fashion and Modernity - Christopher (ed) Breward


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If 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.

'Fashion and Modernity offers both the conceptual framework and the kind of 'thick' historical and contemporary analyses required to move forward a number of debates in fashion studies. The contributions to this remarkable volume generate a lively, interdisciplinary exchange of perspectives, individually and collectively putting to rest any semblance of a notion of modern, western fashion history as a seamless, linear narrative.' Susan Kaiser, Professor and Chair of the Division of Textiles and Clothing, University of California at Davis.

General Acknowledgementsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Fashion and Modernityp. 9
Producing Identities
James Morrison (1789-1857), 'Napoleon of Shopkeepers', Millionaire Haberdasher, Modern Entrepreneurp. 17
Responsep. 33
Lee Miller and the Limits of Post-war British Modernity: Femininity, Fashion, and the Problem of Biographyp. 39
Responsep. 63
People Dress so Badly Nowadays: Fashion and Late Modernityp. 67
Responsep. 79
Performing Bodies
Court Masques: Tableaux of Modernity in the Early Seventeenth Century?p. 85
Responsep. 97
Ambiguous Role Models: Fashion, Modernity and the Victorian Actressp. 101
Responsep. 121
Multiple, Movement, Model, Mode: The Mannequin Parade 1900-1929p. 125
Responsep. 147
Processes of Modernity
The Fingerprint of the Second Skinp. 153
Responsep. 171
Cuttings and Pastingsp. 175
Responsep. 191
entropy (fashion) and emergence (fashioning)p. 197
Responsep. 211
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ISBN: 9781845200282
ISBN-10: 1845200284
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.9  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1