Nothing in Itself: Complexions of Fashion

Nothing in Itself: Complexions of Fashion

by Herbert H. Blau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253335876

ISBN-13: 9780253335876

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: Indiana University Press

"This is a wonderful book not 'just' about fashion but modernism,
postmodernity, the arts and popular culture, design and technology, biology
and culturalism. It has a lot to say about ideas in fashion (reflections on
theories of performativity, temporality, difference, repetition,
class/gender relations, and the recessive status of Beauty today,

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"This is a wonderful book not 'just' about fashion but modernism,
postmodernity, the arts and popular culture, design and technology, biology
and culturalism. It has a lot to say about ideas in fashion (reflections on
theories of performativity, temporality, difference, repetition,
class/gender relations, and the recessive status of Beauty today, organize
the chapters), and about fashion in ideas. And it's about how we might write
cultural history for a 'posthistorical' time." —Meaghan Morris

Beyond the theatricality of fashion, or its commerce, are other seductive issues that come with dress in its fascination-effect, including the validities, vanities, and deceits of appearance. No more than appearance, "nothing in itself," that fashion has substance, complex and elusive substance, is the thematic of this book, putting another complexion on the subject, the look, and the look that incites the look, in high style, street style, classical elegance or fetishistic chic, from farthingale and corset to power suits and grunge.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253335876
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Theories of Contemporary Culture Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Troubling over Appearances1
1The New Look and the Perpetual Blush38
2Metaphysics of the Hemline: Temporality, Modernity, and the Horror Vacui70
3Dressing Up, Dressing Down: "Why do you want me to carry on?"113
4Vicissitudes of the Look163
5What Remains to Be Seen209
Notes255
Index293

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