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Published: 01 July 2018

256 Pages | 14 illustrations

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474407915

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Fashion and Materialism

First Edition

Ulrich Lehmann

Published by Edinburgh University Press


  • Reinvigorates materialism as a critical approach to analysing economics, society and media through the thematic focus on fashion as the economically and culturally dominant sector within post-industrial societies
  • Case studies include the male suit in Alfred Hitchcock's film North by Northwest (1959), the revolutionary production methods in the work of Carol Christian Poell and the innovative textile manufacture of Bonotto in Molvena, north-east Italy
  • Redirects fashion theory toward materiality and materialism from previous art-historical and social-anthropological approaches
  • Exposes the need critically to engage with fashion production, away from the exclusive reading of fashion through its media representation
  • Extends the discussion of fashion production from aspects of labour conditions and sustainability to the materialist critique of the fashion system