Journals Higher Education

$26.95

Paperback

Published: 02 March 1995

304 Pages | 100 Illustrations, black & white

9.4 x 6.7 inches

ISBN: 9780719041259


Bookseller Code (06)

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The culture of fashion

A New History of Fashionable Dress

Christopher Breward

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Design MUP

This illustrated survey of 600 years of fashion investigates its cultural and social meanings from medieval Europe to 20th-century America. It provides a guide to the changes in style and taste, and challenges existing fashion histories, showing that clothes have always played a pivotal role in defining a sense of identity and society, especially when concerned with sexual and body politics. With a chronological structure, each chapter focuses on both male and female fashion of a specific period, covering its fascinating developments. It discusses: andrognous dressing; body piercing; fabrics, clothing and the rise of city life; dress, and the changing shape of the human body; controversies surrounding trousers and leg wear for both men and women; exposure of flesh; fashion and social status; and the dissemination of fashion through travel, film, magazines and catwalk shows.

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