Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The History of Fashion
Explaining It Away
The fashion Industry
Fashion and Eroticism
Gender and Identity
Fashion and City Life
Fashion and Popular Culture
Other editions - View all
aesthetic ambiguity ambivalence American androgyny appear argued artists beauty became become body bourgeois Britain British capitalism Cecil Beaton Chanel chic clothes colours corsets cosmetics costume created dandy dandyism department store developed Diana Vreeland dress reform early eighteenth century Elizabeth Elizabeth Arden example exploitation expression factories fashion industry fashionable dress female feminine feminism feminists film garments gender George Melly girls glamour hair haute couture Helena Rubinstein hijab hippie human ideology individual industrial revolution jacket jeans kind permission labour London look make-up male Mary Quant masculine mass modern modernist moral natural nineteenth century Paris Paul Poiret period political pre-Raphaelite production punk Reproduced by kind Second World Second World War seems sexual silk skirts social society street styles of dress suggests suit symbol tailoring tion trade traditional trousers twentieth century underwear uniform Veblen veil Victorian wear western woman women wore workers worn young