Luxury: Fashion, Lifestyle and Excess

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Luxury has been both celebrated and condemned throughout history right up to the present day. This groundbreaking text examines luxury and its relationship with desire, status, consumption and economic value, exploring why luxury remains prominent even in the context of a global recession.

Using approaches from cultural studies, semiotic research and aesthetics, Luxury presents a wide range of case studies including urban space and new technologies, travel, interior design, ...

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Overview

Luxury has been both celebrated and condemned throughout history right up to the present day. This groundbreaking text examines luxury and its relationship with desire, status, consumption and economic value, exploring why luxury remains prominent even in the context of a global recession.

Using approaches from cultural studies, semiotic research and aesthetics, Luxury presents a wide range of case studies including urban space and new technologies, travel, interior design, cars, fashion ads and jewellery to explore what luxury represents, and why, in the contemporary world.

The book will be essential reading for students and scholars across a range of fashion studies, cultural studies and sociology, and anyone interested in the power and allure of luxury today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857853318
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/5/2014
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrizia Calefato is Associate Professor at the Università degli studi di Bari, Italy.

Lisa Adams is lecturer in English at the University of Bari, Italy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter One: Uniqueness
Chapter Two: Wastefulness
Chapter Three: Eternity
Chapter Four: Leisure—Travel
Chapter Five: Wellness
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Filmography
Index

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