Synopses & Reviews
Now available for the first time in paperback, this extraordinary book examines the 'culture of excess' in all its twentieth-century manifestations. Fashion, film, photography, design and decoration: all feature in Stephen Calloway's consideration of the colourful, the opulent and the theatrical. The author examines early examples of Baroque excess -- by the Sitwells, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean and others -- as well as the darker Baroque spirit of the wartime Neo-Romantics or film-makers such as Fellini and Jarman. Tracing the Baroque tendency into the 1990s, he shows how ideas have cross-fertilized, providing links between such unlikely bedfellows as Leon Bakst and Luis Bunuel, Coco Chanel and Nigel Coates, Liberace and Lacroix. Illustrated with a wealth of photographs, this book provides a celebration that is truly Baroque.
In defining the new Baroque as Baroque Baroque, Stephen Calloway explores the extravagance of the culture it has created and the eccentric, opulent and entertaining characters who adhere to its precepts in the arts, entertainment, media and fashion.