Sex and suits

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Knopf, 1994 - Design - 212 pages
From an art historian admired for her brilliance and wit, a provocative argument for the value of modern fashion as sexual expression, with the tailored suit as its strongest example. Dress was equally showy for men and women until the late eighteenth century, when natural simplicity and understatement on the model of the Classical Greek nude became fashionable, but for men's clothes only. After that, obvious sexual display in dress was left to women - and it came to seem both shameful and esthetically inferior by comparison, despite its variety. Hollander shows how modern women adapted men's tailoring to their richer scheme of display, making suits do for women what they had long done for men: show their sexuality to be central, serious and interesting, rather than irrational, shallow and dangerous. She shows us, too, how men - now that women have adopted every element of male style - are recapturing the color and ornament they long found taboo, without giving up the potent beauty of tailored suits, which women have made universal. Richly informed, surprising, entertaining, Sex and Suits gives us a fresh view of what we have long taken for granted, and a new context for thinking about our society.

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I love fashion and sex so I thought Sex and Suits would be just the thing. Wrong! How could such interesting topics become so tedious and boring. This is so overwritten as to be practically ... Read full review

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Anne Hollander takes the history of fashion, and more specifically, the history of the tailored suit, thread by thread. In the beginning clothes for men and women were equally elaborate and meaningful ... Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations
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What Fashion
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Meaning in Fashion
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About the author (1994)

Anne Hollander, the author of "Moving Pictures" (1986), is an art historian with a special interest in costume history and design.

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