Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity

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University of California Press, 1987 - Social Science - 290 pages
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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
References
248
Bibliography
267
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Elizabeth Wilson is Emeritus Professor of cultural studies at the University of North London.

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