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A Cultural History of Fashion in the Twentieth Century: From the Catwalk to the Sidewalk

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ISBN-13: 978-1845203429
ISBN-10: 1845203429
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'Lively, accessible, highly informative, and drawing on an impressive range of both Eastern and Western examples, this is a unique contribution to fashion history.' Becky E. Conekin, London College of Fashion

About the Author

Bonnie English is Senior Lecturer in Art Theory at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845203429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845203429
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,315,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. D. Meikle on December 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Modern fashion is a `concept' that many people find fascinating. Particular periods have famous styles equated with them: the late-sixties the mini-skirt, the immediate post-World War Two period had the New Look, the 1950s, while often by-passed in consideration - the dirndl and shirtwaist and movie stars in tight sweaters emphasising their upper-body, punk fashion of the late-1970s with the zipper and over-sized safety pin - and so on.

Noting that fashion history is often essentially regarded as being about gracious ladies and heroic men, and is furthermore a collection of social histories attached to specific time frames - Bonnie English, an Australia based art history academic with a particular interest in fashion history, explores these aspects and a whole lot more. The book considers cultural developments from mainly British and American perspectives, as well as giving appropriate recognition to the role of French Couture, while further taking in broader European, later day Japanese and other globalisation influences. Additionally, how fashion acts as a reflection of society - how society moulds fashion - and fashion interprets society's current `state of mind' in a material manner.

Big business, designer clothes, popular culture, clothing production techniques, the ever-expanding media and visual arts, the rise of the celebrity designer, the role of fashion in everyday culture and the elaboration of street culture, are all given their rightful position. The crucial role of timing, for example, in the introduction of particular styles is crucial to success or failure - here, in terms of the New Look for example, it is noted that Dior triumphed whereas Balenciaga had previously been overlooked.
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Format: Paperback
This book is very academic. I was looking forward to something descriptive, anecdotal, fun and interesting but I couldn't get past the dry, boring text and citations of academic papers.
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By kellee on January 1, 2013
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I bought this as a gift for someone I love who is a stylist.I didnt read it but I scanned it and it seemed very academic but also very relevant to the work my loved one does. The pictures were dope.
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