Glamour: A History

Glamour: A History

by Stephen Gundle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199210985

ISBN-13: 9780199210985

Pub. Date: 09/17/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Here is the first ever history of glamour, ranging from Paris in the tumultuous final decades of the eighteenth century through to Hollywood, New York, and Monte Carlo in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from the glamorous fictional characters of Walter Scott to iconic figures such as Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe to modern idols such as Paris Hilton

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Overview

Here is the first ever history of glamour, ranging from Paris in the tumultuous final decades of the eighteenth century through to Hollywood, New York, and Monte Carlo in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from the glamorous fictional characters of Walter Scott to iconic figures such as Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe to modern idols such as Paris Hilton. The book maps the origins of glamour and investigates the forms that it took in modern times, discussing the role of writers, journalists, artists, photographers, film-makers and fashion designers, occupations like the model and the air stewardess, cities and resorts such as Paris, New York, and Monte Carlo, and products including luxury cars and jets—all of which are bathed in the public mind with the magical aura of glamour. And he shows how glamour feeds on the middle class yearning for a thrilling and colorful life, a yearning reinforced by the cinema and the press, which serve as a stage for acting out scenes of a desirable life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199210985
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/17/2008
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents


List of Plates     xi
Introduction     1
Glamour and Modernity     18
Urban Enchantments     51
The Birth of Sex Appeal     78
Wealth, Style, and Spectacle     109
Cafe Society and Publicity     140
The Hollywood Star System     172
Paris, Rome, and the Riviera     199
Glamour and Mass Consumption     231
Photography and the Female Image     267
Style, Pastiche, and Excess     306
Contemporary Glamour     347
Conclusion     388
Notes     397
Photographic Acknowledgements     456
Index     457

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