Fashion Cultures: Theories, Explorations and Analysis

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From the catwalk to the shopping mall, from the big screen to the art museum, fashion plays an increasingly central role in contemporary culture. Fashion Cultures investigates why we are so fascinated by fashion and the associated spheres of photography, magazines and television, and shopping.
Fashion Cultures:
* re-addresses the fashionable image, considering the work of ...

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Overview

From the catwalk to the shopping mall, from the big screen to the art museum, fashion plays an increasingly central role in contemporary culture. Fashion Cultures investigates why we are so fascinated by fashion and the associated spheres of photography, magazines and television, and shopping.
Fashion Cultures:
* re-addresses the fashionable image, considering the work of designers from Paul Smith to Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan
* investigates the radicalism of fashion photography, from William Klein to Corinne Day
* considers fashion for the 'unfashionable body' (the old and the big), football and fashion, and geographies of style
* explores the relationship between fashion and the moving image in discussions of female cinema icons - from Grace Kelly to Gwyneth Paltrow - and iconic male images - from Cary Grant to Malcolm X and Mr Darcy - that have redefined notions of masculinity and cool
* makes a significant intervention into contemporary gender politics and theory, exploring themes such as spectacle, masquerade, and the struggle between fashion and feminism.

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Touching on issues from gender politics to geographies of style, 27 academic essays explore why people are so fascinated with fashion and the associated spheres of photography, movies, magazines, television, and shopping. The editors write that the threads running through the work are masculinity, spectacle, Italy, urban spaces and lifestyles, performance, and conceptual design. Most of the contributors are based in Britain; the editors are associated with the U. of London (Bruzzi) and the London College of Fashion (Gibson). The book includes 25 b&w photos from fashion shows, magazine layouts, movie stills, etc. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415206860
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stella Bruzzi is Senior Lecturer in Media Arts at Royal Holloway College, London. She is the author of Undressing Cinema (Routledge 1997) and New Documentary: A Critical Introduction (Routledge 2000). Pamela Church Gibson is Senior Lecturer at the London College of Fashion. She is co-editor of Dirty Looks: Women, Power, Pornography (BFI 1993) and co-editor of the Oxford Guide to Film Studies (Oxford University Press 1998).

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Table of Contents

Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction Part One: Shopping, Spaces and Selling Part Two: Catwalk and After Part Three: Images, Icons and Impulses Part Four: Spectacle and Subculture Part Five: Modes and Methodologies

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