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Fashion Classics: From Caryle to Barthes (Dress, Body, Culture)

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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 Carlyles 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.

Carters lively narrative clearly shows that views on fashion have always been impassioned - perhaps most notably Carlyles notorious attack on Dandyism and Veblens 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.

Table of Contents

Thomas Carlyle and Sartor Resartus * Herbert Spencer's Sartorial Protestantism * Thorstein Veblen's Leisure Class * Georg Simmel: Clothes and Fashion * Alfred Kroeber and the Great Secular Wave * J. C. Flgel and the Nude Future * James Laver, the Reluctant Expert * Roland Barthes and the End of the Nineteenth Century * Appendix: Questionnaire Issued by J.C. Flgel in 1929 * Bibliography * Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859736012
Author:
Carter, Michael
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Author:
Carter, M.
Author:
ichael
Subject:
General
Subject:
Clothing and dress
Subject:
Fashion
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture (Hardcover)
Publication Date:
20030331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 bandw illus, bibliog, index
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.21 x 6.14 x 0.5 in

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