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Fashion (Oxford History of Art)by Christopher Breward
Synopses & Reviews
Following 150 years of fashion, Christopher Breward offers a catholic view of this colorful and flamboyant universe, describing its trends, products, and inhabitants. From Haute Couture, High Street, and developing fabric technology to such stars of the fashion heavens as Coco Chanel, Giorgio Armani, and Alexander McQueen, Breward explores territories far beyond style and function. He sees more than just an industry, giving voice to the larger cultural phenomenon fashion has become.
Breward's discerning view captures the glamorous world of Vogue and advertising; the relationship between fashion and film, and fashion as a business; and goes beyond the surface to consider individual interaction with fashion. How have ideas about hygiene and comfort influenced the direction of style? How does dress create identity and status? Framing details of dandies, flappers, and punks within a clear overview of their respective periods, Breward takes a second look and casts everyday wear in a much different light.
In addition to all the glitz and glamour, the book includes suggestions for further reading, a timeline marking important events in fashion, and a list of relevant museums and galleries. In all, it is the most valuable, accessible, and modern text on fashion today.
From Coco Chanel to Armani and Alexander McQueen, this text explores fashion as a cultural phenomenon. It examines the glamorous world of "Vogue" and advertising and goes beyond the surface to consider our interaction with fashion.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-253) and index.
Now in paperback, At Home in Renaissance Italy draws together an impressive range of ideas and objectsfrom sumptuous paintings and textiles to kitchen utensils, popular prints, jewelry, and everyday dressto reveal how the homes of the upper and middle classes made a crucial contribution to the flowering of the visual arts in 15th- and 16th-century Italy. Drawing on a wide array of sources, including contemporary letters, inventories, and archaeological surveys, and presenting luminous works by artists such as Ghirlandaio, Titian, Della Robbia, and other Renaissance masters, it offers a completely fresh and in-depth exploration of the fascinating domestic world of Renaissance Italy.
About the Author
Marta Ajmar curated the related V&A exhibition The Renaissance Home and works in the research department at the V&A.
Flora Dennis is a research fellow at the AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Production of Fashion
Chapter 1: The Rise of the Designer
Chapter 2: Making Clothes
Chapter 3: Innovating Change
Part 2: The Promotion of Fashion
Chapter 4: Disseminating Desire
Chapter 5: Fashion on the Page
Chapter 6: Fashion and Film
Chapter 7: Shopping for Style
Part 3: The Wearing of Fashion
Chapter 8: Style and Modernity
Chapter 9: Fashion Capitals
Chapter 10: Fashion and Indentity
Museums and Websites
List of Illustrations
1. 1 - The Production of Fashion The Rise of the Designer
2. Making Clothes
3. Innovating Change
4. 2 - The Promotion of Fashion Disseminating Desire
5. Fashion on the Page
6. Fashion and Film
7. Shopping for Style
8. 3 - The Wearing of Fashion Style and Modernity
9. Fashion Capitals
10. Fashion and Identity
Museums and Galleries
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