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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color Hardcover – September 4, 2018
This beautifully illustrated volume explores the cultural history, especially in fashion, of the color pink from the 18th century to today.
Today, with the advent of “millennial pink,” the color formerly associated with Barbie has acquired a new identity. Nor is this the first time the symbolism of pink has been radically transformed. In collaboration with a major exhibition at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, curator and fashion historian Valerie Steele explores the history and significance of pink in fashion, art, and culture from the eighteenth century to the present.
Steele and her co-authors tell the whole story of this controversial color, emphasizing how its meanings changed throughout the centuries and across the globe, in cultures as diverse as France, India, Japan, Mexico, and the United States. In eighteenth-century France, men and women alike wore pink, which was a fashionably “new” color. A century later, however, pink had become feminized and eroticized in the West.
Pink is beautifully illustrated, with images of stunning pink fashions given context by photographs, advertisements, and works of art. It features essays by scholars across the disciplines, giving readers access to a wealth of research into subjects as diverse as Hollywood movies and the symbolism of the pink triangle. This book will appeal to those interested in fashion and culture, as well as those who love pink.120 color illustrations
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― Tim Gunn
"'Pink fashion can be fierce and feminist, punk and powerful,' [Steele] concludes. After reading this fascinating history, we couldn't agree more."
― Bergdorf Goodman
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- Publisher : Thames & Hudson; Illustrated edition (September 4, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0500022267
- ISBN-13 : 978-0500022269
- Item Weight : 2.73 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.3 x 0.9 x 11.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #722 in Fashion History
- #1,826 in Graphic Design Color Use
- #2,217 in Fashion Design
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I have had the fabulous good fortune to have many brilliant authors join me in conversation for the monthly nenasnotes The Fashion Book Club and I must admit Valerie wasn’t an exception, we all learned so much! I hope she enjoyed the hour as much as I did and the attendees were in rapt attention, I might even say in awe with her at ease conversation in sharing her expertise which, in my opinion, knows no bounds. Bravo Valerie and thank you....here’s to the next book!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 14, 2019