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Garb: A Reader on Fashion and Culture investigates the complexity of postmodern attitudes toward dress, fashion, identity and culture through a broad range of perspectives and theoretical approaches. Diverse essays show the richness of the field, as authors from various disciplines explore the significance of fashion and fashion visual culture in the contemporary world. Four hours of filmed interviews accompany the reader and include personal stories from emerging designers and seasoned professionals. GARB essays and interviews address contemporary topics such as: Gender, Identity, Consumption, Style and Visual Culture. Includes essays from professionals or academics in Art History, Literature, Fashion Illustration, Folklore, English and more. Offers a broad range of perspectives that encourage readers to think beyond their specific fields and reflect on the relationship between dress, fashion, identity and culture. Four hours of filmed interviews support the essays and include conversations withemerging designers and seasoned professionals. Includes provocative insights into the field as designers comment on the future of fashion, the increasing globalization of the industry, and the price that many are willing to pay to maintain their artistic independence. Provides a forum for sharing complex personal histories and ideas and offers readers career-advice and real-world experiences from those working in the field. Professionals and those new to the fashion industry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131119109
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/24/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction: Parme Giuntini and Kathryn Hagen: Mainstreaming

Frauke von der Horst: Skirting the Issue or “Why won’t you show your pretty legs any more?”

Kenneth Berger: The Outmoded, the Reactionary, and the Revival of the Suit

Parme Giuntini: Uniformly So

Joanne Byce: School Uniforms: Creating the Good Citizen

Editors’ interview with Sammy Hoi, President of Otis College of Art & Design

Editors’ interview with Rosemary Brantley, Chair, School of Fashion at Otis College of Art & Design


Introduction: Kathryn Hagen: Outside the Fashion Box

Parme Giuntini: Betwixt and Between: A Landscape of Female Childhood

Randall Lavender: My Jeans, Myself, and I

Michael Wright: Reflections and Recollections on Black and Black Leather Jackets

Kathryn Hagen: Irony and Ambivalence: Postmodern Issues in the Fashion World

Kathryn Hagen: The White Shirt (deconstructed)

Heather Joseph-Witham: Ironic Bodies and Tattooed Jews

Ann Steinsapir: Who Am I? Who are You? Inflected Dress in Syria

Kerri Steinberg: Towards a Seamless Identity: From Fashion and the Experience of American Jewish Women

Marsha Hopkins: My Bangles

Debra Ballard: Fashion Matters: Reweaving and Asian Cultural Identity

Kathryn Hagen: Cyberfashion


Introduction: Parme Giuntini and Kathryn Hagen: Fashion and Visual Culture

Editors’ interview with Bob Mackie, Designer

Editors’ interview with Dave Hickey

Photo Layouts and Artists’ Statement

Jeffrey O’Connell

Soo Kim

Jane Goren

John Swihart

Robert Williams

Joan Takayama-Ogawa

Jackie Den Hartog

Sara Streeter

Isabel Toledo


Introduction: Parme Giuntini: Bathing Suits and Consuming Desires

Marlena Donohue: The Semiotics of the Itsy Bitsy Bikini

Parme Giuntini: The Speedo—A Few Brief Words

Kathryn Hagen: Peggy Moffitt’s Bare Breasts

David Kunzle: The Corse Revival After World War II: From Submission to Empowerment

Kathryn Hagen: The Bullet Bra

Sheldon Forbes: Panty Lines

Paul Vangelisti: The Light Fantastic


Introduction: Parme Giuntini: Iconically Yours

Parme Giuntini: Prom Dresses/Prom Dreams

Miranda Banks: Red, White and Breastplates: Clothing a Superhero

Jeanne Willette: What to Wear When Falling

Parme Giuntini: Here Comes the Bride

Patricia Stiles: Till Death Do Us Part. . . .Or


Ending it. . . : Parme Giuntini and Kathryn Hagen



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