Shoes: A Lexicon of Style

Shoes: A Lexicon of Style

by Valerie Steele
     
 

No matter how many pairs you have, no matter how closely you follow the trends, you’re bound to discover something new in this savvy and irreverent study of contemporary women’s shoes. All the top styles and major players are here—from Manolo Blahnik, master of the skyscraper heel to Tom Ford, the designer who sparked the resurgence of the famous

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No matter how many pairs you have, no matter how closely you follow the trends, you’re bound to discover something new in this savvy and irreverent study of contemporary women’s shoes. All the top styles and major players are here—from Manolo Blahnik, master of the skyscraper heel to Tom Ford, the designer who sparked the resurgence of the famous Gucci loafer. Not limited to designers and trends, the book also explores the shoe’s relationship to sex and gender roles. Are high heels a symbol of subordination or empowerment? What is the fascination that shoes hold for fetishists? Nothing is left unsaid here, with candid commentary ranging from Rupaul to the Wall Street Journal. Written with wit and style, and sumptuously illustrated with 200 color photos, Shoes: A Lexicon of Style is a book for the well-shod of every persuasion.

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Steele (chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC) taps into the obsession, the fetish, and the fashion of shoes. She presents all the major players in shoe design, and explores the relationship between shoes and sex, and gender roles. She addresses questions such as whether high heels are a symbol of subordination or empowerment, what fascination shoes hold for fetishists, why some people feel sexual pleasure through their feet, and more. Illustrated with color photographs of shoes from the sneaker to extravagant, unusual designs. Oversize: 9.5x11<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781902686486
Publisher:
Scriptum Editions
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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