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Fashion Classics from Carlyle to Barthes

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Michael Carter is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory, University of Sydney.Texte du rabat With so much focus on contempora... Lire la suite
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Michael Carter is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory, University of Sydney.

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With so much focus on contemporary theory, it is easy to forget that the serious analysis of clothing and fashion has a long history. In fact, they have been the subject of intense cultural debate since the nineteenth century. Fashion Classics provides an interpretative overview of the groundbreaking and often idiosyncratic writings of eight theorists whose work has profoundly influenced the conceptual and theoretical basis of our contemporary understanding of clothes and the fashion system.
Carter fully revives early 'fashion theorists' - some canonical and others less well known - and examines them in light of more recent work. From Carlyle's fantastical character Professor Teufelsdrockh, through the first Freudian analysis of clothes by J.C. Flugel, the pioneering work of Spencer, Veblen, Simmel, Kroeber, Laver and finally Barthes' monumental work on the modern fashion system, this book explores and explains the foundations of fashion theory. Not only does it provide an historical outline of Western conceptions of clothes and fashion, but it also highlights how ideas intermix and build on one another.
Carter's lively narrative clearly shows that views on fashion have always been impassioned - perhaps most notably Carlyle's notorious attack on Dandyism and Veblen's suggestion that clothes should be made out of old newspaper. This book also makes sense of complex theory and is essential reading for anyone seeking an overview of the history of fashion theory.


1. Thomas Carlyle and Sartor Resartus2. Herbert Spencer's Sartorial Protestantism3. Thorstein Veblen's Leisure Class4. Georg Simmel: Clothes and Fashion5. Alfred Kroeber and the Great Secular Wave6. J. C. Flgel and the Nude Future7. James Laver, the Reluctant Expert8. Roland Barthes and the End of the Nineteenth CenturyAppendix: Questionnaire Issued by J.C. Flgel in 1929BibliographyIndex

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Titre: Fashion Classics from Carlyle to Barthes
Code EAN: 9781859736012
ISBN: 978-1-85973-601-2
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Berg Publ Inc
Genre: Art
nombre de pages: 224
Poids: 413g
Taille: H238mm x B163mm x T15mm
Année: 2003
Auflage: First