Nothing in itself: complexions of fashion
"This is a wonderful book not 'just' about fashion but modernism,postmodernity, the arts and popular culture, design and technology, biologyand culturalism. It has a lot to say about ideas in fashion (reflections ontheories of performativity, temporality, difference, repetition,class/gender relations, and the recessive status of Beauty today, organizethe chapters), and about fashion in ideas. And it's about how we might writecultural history for a 'posthistorical' time." -- Meaghan Morris
Beyond the theatricality of fashion, or its commerce, are other seductive issues that come with dress in its fascination-effect, including the validities, vanities, and deceits of appearance. No more than appearance, "nothing in itself," that fashion has substance, complex and elusive substance, is the thematic of this book, putting another complexion on the subject, the look, and the look that incites the look, in high style, street style, classical elegance or fetishistic chic, from farthingale and corset to power suits and grunge.
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