Against Fashion: Clothing as Art, 1850-1930

Against Fashion: Clothing as Art, 1850-1930

by Radu Stern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262693291

ISBN-13: 9780262693295

Pub. Date: 10/01/2005

Publisher: MIT Press

The late nineteenth-century invention of "fashion" as we understand it today inspired avant-garde artists of the period to create an art form to counter commercial fashion. These artists saw clothing not as a symbol of class distinction but as a force for shaping experience -- an opportunity to make things new, to go beyond the traditional boundaries of art. For

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The late nineteenth-century invention of "fashion" as we understand it today inspired avant-garde artists of the period to create an art form to counter commercial fashion. These artists saw clothing not as a symbol of class distinction but as a force for shaping experience -- an opportunity to make things new, to go beyond the traditional boundaries of art. For many artists, therefore, dress design was too important to be left to the fashion designers; they would appropriate clothing as an art form that could break through the traditional boundaries of
"pure" art to act directly on life.

Against
Fashion
is the history of the modern relationship between artists and this ideal "anti-fashion." Radu Stern traces the development of clothes as art by artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He discusses contributions to the new art form by various artistic movements of the historical avant-garde,
including Art Nouveau, the Werkbund, Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, and the
Bauhaus; he examines the work of such key figures as Henry van de Velde, Gustav
Klimt, and Sonia Delaunay. The book includes more than 100 illustrations, many in color, as well as an anthology of essential writings and documents by artists and writers of the period, some of them translated into English for the first time. The artists and works examined display a diversity of styles and ideas, but all share the desire to reject the mercantile logic of commercial fashion and replace it with a utopian "anti-fashion."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262693295
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,225,146
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsviii
Against Fashion: The Avant-Garde and Clothing
Fashion and Modernity2
Romanticism: From Eccentricity to Artistic Dress4
Rational, Artistic, and Aesthetic Dress in England5
Henry van de Velde and Germany11
Klimt and the Wiener Werkstatte23
Futurism and Dress29
The Russian Avant-Garde and Dress45
Sonia Delaunay63
Notes69
Texts
The New Dress80
Dress Reform82
A Lecture on Dress (1868)83
Development in Dress96
Of the Progress of Taste in Dress in Relation to Art Education105
Slaves of Fashion111
Woman's Dress113
More Radical Ideas upon Dress Reform115
The Relation of Dress to Art: A Note in Black and White on Mr Whistler's Lecture120
The Individual Dress122
The Artistic Improvement of Women's Clothing125
A New Art Principle in Modern Women's Clothing137
Artistic Dress and Personalized Dress143
On the Becoming of Fashion148
Questions of Fashion151
Male Futurist Dress: A Manifesto155
The Antineutral Dress: A Manifesto157
Futurist Manifesto of Women's Fashion160
The Futurist Manifesto of the Italian Hat162
The Aesthetics of Dress: Sunny Fashion, Futurist Fashion164
Manifesto for the Transformation of Male Clothing167
The Futurist Manifesto of the Italian Tie170
Present-Day Dress--Production Clothing172
Concerning Contemporary Dress174
The Russian Fashion177
The Constructivist Dress178
The Fortnight Review: The Reformers of Dress181
On Her Dress She Has a Body182
The Influence of Painting on Fashion183
Artists and the Future of Fashion186
Illustration Credits189
Selected Bibliography198
Index202

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