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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 to subvert it and this edition of her book follows 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 90s, retro-dressing and the meanings of dress from the veil to Beck's pink-varnished toenails.

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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.' Elizabeth Wilson traces the social and cultural history of fashion and its complex relationship to modernity. Wilson delights in the power of fashion to mark out identity or to subvert it and 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 Beck's pink-varnished toenails.

About the Author

Elizabeth Wilson is Emeritus Professor at London Metropolitan University and also teaches at the Architectural Association, the London Institute and Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her books include 'Bohemians' (I.B.Tauris), 'Hallucinations: Life in the Post-modern City' and 'The Sphinx in the City'.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * Foreword * Introduction * The History of Fashion * Explaining it Away * The Fashion Industry * Fashion and Eroticism * Gender and Identity * Fashion and City Life * Fashion and Popular Culture * Oppositional Dress * Utopian Dress and Dress Reform * Feminism and Fashion * Changing Times/ Altered States * References * Biography * Index

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ISBN:
9781860649219
Author:
WILSON, ELIZABETH (EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF CULTURAL STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH L
Publisher:
I. B. Tauris & Company
Author:
Wilson, Elizabeth B.
Author:
Wilson, Elizabeth (Emeritus Professor of
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Subject:
General Art
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
216 x 138 in.

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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.' Elizabeth Wilson traces the social and cultural history of fashion and its complex relationship to modernity. Wilson delights in the power of fashion to mark out identity or to subvert it and 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 Beck's pink-varnished toenails.

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