Glamour: A History

Glamour: A History

by Stephen Gundle
     
 

"The aura of celebrity, the style of the fashion world, the vanity of the rich and beautiful, and the publicity-driven rites of cafe society are all imbued with its irresistible magnetism. But what exactly is glamour? Where does it come from? How old is it? And can anyone quite capture its magic?" Stephen Gundle answers all these questions and more in this first ever… See more details below

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"The aura of celebrity, the style of the fashion world, the vanity of the rich and beautiful, and the publicity-driven rites of cafe society are all imbued with its irresistible magnetism. But what exactly is glamour? Where does it come from? How old is it? And can anyone quite capture its magic?" Stephen Gundle answers all these questions and more in this first ever history of the phenomenon, 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 Napoleon's Paris to Paris Hilton, from Beau Brummell to Gianni Versace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199569786
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Plates

Introduction 1

1 Glamour and Modernity 18

2 Urban Enchantments 51

3 The Birth of Sex Appeal 78

4 Wealth, Style, and Spectacle 109

5 Cafe Society and Publicity 140

6 The Hollywood Star System 172

7 Paris, Rome, and the Riviera 199

8 Glamour and Mass Consumption 231

9 Photography and the Female Image 267

10 Style, Pastiche, and Excess 306

11 Contemporary Glamour 347

Conclusion 388

Notes 397

Photographic Acknowledgements 456

Index 457

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