Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity

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Rutgers University Press, 1985 - Social Science - 328 pages
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When Adorned in Dreams was first published in 1985, Angela Carter described the book as "the best I have read on the subject, bar none." From haute couture to haberdashery, "deviant" dress to Dior, Elizabeth Wilson traces the social and cultural history of fashion and its complex relationship to modernity. She also discusses fashion's vociferous opponents, from the "dress reform" movement to certain strands of feminism. Wilson delights in the power of fashion to mark out identity or subvert it. This brand new edition of her book follows recent developments to bring the story of fashionable dress up to date, exploring the grunge look inspired by bands like Nirvana, the "boho chic" of the mid 90's, retro-dressing, and the meanings of dress from the veil to soccer player David Beckham's pink-varnished toenails.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The History of Fashion
16
Explaining It Away
47
The fashion Industry
67
Fashion and Eroticism
91
Gender and Identity
117
Fashion and City Life
134
Fashion and Popular Culture
155
Oppositional Dress
179
Utopian Dress and Dress Reform
208
Feminism and Fashion
228
Changing Times Altered States
248
References
278
Bibliography
302
Index
315
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About the author (1985)

Elizabeth Wilson is a professor of cultural studies at the University of North London. She has published several books, including The Sphinx in the City and Hallucinations: Life in the Post-Modern City.

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