Fashion Foundations: Early Writings on Fashion and Dress

Overview

It is easy to view fashion as an entirely modern concept. Costume historians, in fact, trace the birth of fashion back to the thirteenth century and writings on fashion date back as early as the sixteenth century. This classic fashion writing has profoundly shaped our understanding of modern day dress—from the psychology of clothes to collective fashion trends. Its impact, however, has not previously been recognized.

Fashion Foundations fills this major gap in the history of the...

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Overview

It is easy to view fashion as an entirely modern concept. Costume historians, in fact, trace the birth of fashion back to the thirteenth century and writings on fashion date back as early as the sixteenth century. This classic fashion writing has profoundly shaped our understanding of modern day dress—from the psychology of clothes to collective fashion trends. Its impact, however, has not previously been recognized.

Fashion Foundations fills this major gap in the history of the discipline. This key text reprints a collection of pioneering fashion statements. Vital yet sometimes ignored treasures are brought together for the first time, tracing fashion writing from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Why do we wear clothes? What do they say about our self-awareness and body image? How can we "fashion" new identities through what we wear? In this book, Michel de Montaigne, William Hazlitt, Herbert Spencer, Thorstein B. Veblen, Adam Smith, Herbert Blumer, and Georg Simmel answer these questions and many more. In the process they reveal the true origins of our contemporary approach to fashion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859736142
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Series: Dress, Body, Culture Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim K. P. Johnson is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Design, Housing and Apparel, University of Minnesota. Susan J. Torntore is Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Illinois State University. Joanne B. Eicher is Regents' Professor, Department of Design, Housing and Apparel, University of Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Dressing the Body 5
1 Origins and Motives 15
Origins and Motives Of the Custom of Wearing Clothes 15
The Significance of Clothes 18
Dress 21
Customs and Beliefs: Ceremonial 27
Dress 29
Costumes and Ideologies 34
2 Physical Connections between the Body and Dress 37
The Psychology of Clothing 37
Microcosmus: An Easy Concerning Man and His Relation to the World 40
Some Aspects of the Early Sense of Self 43
3 Health Issues and Dress Reform 51
Fashion in Deformity 51
The Science of Dress 54
The Reform Dress 59
The Development and Function of Clothing 63
Pt. 2 Fashioning Identity 69
4 Establishing Identity 73
On Fashion 73
Let Us Have a National Costume 77
The Psychology of Women's Dress 81
5 Appearance Management 85
Remarks on the Psychology of Clothes 85
Psychology of Dress 87
Pt. 3 The "F" Word 91
6 Fashion as Change 97
Development in Dress 97
Badges and Costumes 100
Fashion 104
Motivation in Fashion 107
Fashion 112
Some Conclusions 114
7 Predicting Fashion Change 119
On the Nature of Fashion 119
8 Fashion as Collective and Consumer Behavior 125
Fashion Movements 125
Of the Influence of Custom and Fashion upon our Notions of Beauty and Deformity 127
The Economic Theory of Woman's Dress 129
Dress as an Expression of Pecuniary Culture 132
A Psychological Analysis of Fashion Motivation 136
Chronological Annotated Bibliography (1575-1940) 141
Index 153
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