Fear and Fashion in the Cold War

Overview

From Barbarella’s bikini to vinyl radiation suits to high-tech jewelry, the Cold War’s impact on fashion was unmistakable.

Atomic anxieties, the space race, technological developments, and the first forays into “super-reality” led to innovations in materials, the cybernetic visions of the 1960s, and a range of surprising responses from artists, filmmakers, scientists, and designers. With a stunning selection of images, including photographs by fashion luminaries such as John ...

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Overview

From Barbarella’s bikini to vinyl radiation suits to high-tech jewelry, the Cold War’s impact on fashion was unmistakable.

Atomic anxieties, the space race, technological developments, and the first forays into “super-reality” led to innovations in materials, the cybernetic visions of the 1960s, and a range of surprising responses from artists, filmmakers, scientists, and designers. With a stunning selection of images, including photographs by fashion luminaries such as John French, Fear and Fashion in the Cold War explores how the image of the body was shaped by Cold War concerns between 1945 and 1970. In this engaging book, Jane Pavitt incorporates military, political, and scientific research in an engrossing discussion of how countercultural theories and experiences in the later 1960s shaped an alternative view of the “Cold War Body.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851775446
  • Publisher: V & A Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Pavitt is the University of Brighton Senior Research Fellow in Product Design at the V&A. She is lead curator ?of the exhibition Cold War Modern and has curated several major exhibitions including Brilliant (V&A 2004) and Brand.New (V&A 2000). She also edited the accompanying books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Fashion in an age of anxiety 6

The Cold War body 18

The space age body 40

The Cybernetic body 78

Epilogue: future shocked 106

Notes 115

Further reading 121

Image credits 124

Acknowledgements 125

Index 126

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