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Fashion : A Very Short Introduction - Rebecca Arnold

Fashion

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 23rd November 2009
ISBN: 9780199547906
Number Of Pages: 146

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Fashion is a dynamic global industry that plays an important role in the economic, political, cultural, and social lives of an international audience. It spans high art and popular culture, and plays a significant role in material and visual culture. This book introduces fashion's myriad influences and manifestations. Fashion is explored as a creative force, a business, and a means of communication. From Karl Lagerfeld's creative reinventions of Chanel's iconic style to the multicultural reference points of Indian designer Manish Arora, from the spectacular fashion shows held in nineteenth century department stores to the mix-and-match styles of Japanese youth, the book examines the ways that fashion both reflects and shapes contemporary culture. Using historical and contemporary examples, it gives a clear understanding of how fashion has developed since the renaissance, while raising questions about its status, ethical credibility, and influence on consumers.

The book provides insight into the structure of the fashion industry and how fashions are designed, promoted and consumed, in relation to relevant historical, social and cultural contexts. It is structured thematically, to look at the role and development of designers, the growth of shopping and the different businesses involved in making and selling fashionable clothes. Fashion's relationship to the wider culture is also explored, by considering its representation in art and collaborations between designers and artists, the moral controversies surrounding fashion, and attempts to produce ethical clothing, and the effects of globalisation on the fashion trade.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Industry Reviews

Arnold is an intelligent, communicative writer. * Philippa Stockley, Times Literary Supplement *
Her fascinating little book makes a good framework for independent study and has a very useful bibliography. * Philippa Stockley, Times Literary Supplement *
Arnold summarises with caption brevity, and [I] admire both her research and her succinctness. * Vera Rule, The Guardian *

Introduction: What Is Fashion? 1: Designers 2: Art 3: Industry 4: Shopping 5: Ethics 6: Globalisation Conclusion: The End of Fashion? References Further reading

ISBN: 9780199547906
ISBN-10: 0199547904
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 146
Published: 23rd November 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.48 x 11.38  x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.14

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