Fashion Classics: From Carlyle to Barthes

Fashion Classics: From Carlyle to Barthes

by Michael Carter
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859736068

ISBN-13: 2901859736066

Pub. Date: 03/01/2003

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

"With so much focus on contemporary theory, it is easy to forget that the serious analysis of clothing and fashion has a long history. In fact, they have been the subject of intense cultural debate since the nineteenth century. Fashion Classics provides an interpretative overview of the groundbreaking and often idiosyncratic writings of eight theorists whose work has…  See more details below

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"With so much focus on contemporary theory, it is easy to forget that the serious analysis of clothing and fashion has a long history. In fact, they have been the subject of intense cultural debate since the nineteenth century. Fashion Classics provides an interpretative overview of the groundbreaking and often idiosyncratic writings of eight theorists whose work has profoundly influenced the conceptual and theoretical basis of our contemporary understanding of clothes and the fashion system." Carter fully revives early 'fashion theorists' - some canonical and others less well known - and examines them in light of more recent work. From Carlyle's fantastical character Professor Teufelsdrockh, through the first Freudian analysis of clothes by J.C. Flugel, the pioneering work of Spencer, Veblen, Simmel, Kroeber, Laver and finally to Barthes' monumental work on the modern fashion system, this book explores and explains the foundations of fashion theory. Not only does it provide an historical outline of Western conceptions of clothes and fashion, but it also highlights how ideas intermix and build on one another.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901859736066
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Thomas Carlyle and Sartor Resartus
• Herbert Spencer's Sartorial Protestantism
• Thorstein Veblen's Leisure Class
• Georg Simmel: Clothes and Fashion
• Alfred Kroeber and the Great Secular Wave
• J. C. Flgel and the Nude Future
• James Laver, the Reluctant Expert
• Roland Barthes and the End of the Nineteenth Century
• Appendix: Questionnaire Issued by J.C. Flgel in 1929
• Bibliography
• Index

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