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The House Dress: A Story of Eroticism and Fashion
     

The House Dress: A Story of Eroticism and Fashion

by Elda Danese
 
The idea of the house dress is closely related to the concept of housework and domesticity. At the same time, it is distinguished by not being a uniform, thanks in particular to the decorations of the fabric. Starting in the late 1940s, a whole series of movies contributed to its image through a gallery of remarkable female characters, the latest of which is Pedro

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The idea of the house dress is closely related to the concept of housework and domesticity. At the same time, it is distinguished by not being a uniform, thanks in particular to the decorations of the fabric. Starting in the late 1940s, a whole series of movies contributed to its image through a gallery of remarkable female characters, the latest of which is Pedro Almodovar’s film Volver, with a female lead who is equipped with a wardrobe full of beautifully ornamented house dresses. After taking into account its distinctive and expressive features, author Elda Danese traces the circumstances that led to the success and the worldwide use of the house dress over a period spanning from the 1920s to the present.

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"This petite tome is a wonderful read! We couldn't put it down and finished it in a day. Truly riveting it's a great gift for your girlfriends & yourself...." ~LePetiteBlog.com

"...the book examines multiple aspects of the house dress, giving this piece of fashion history its due within the larger fashion canon." ~The Newark Star-Ledger

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788831795258
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
01/13/2009
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Elda Danese teaches at the graduate course in fashion design at the IUAV University in Venice. She is interested in contemporary visual cultures, in fashion and fabric production. Danese cooperated with the "Centre for the study on fabric and custom" of Venetian Municipal Museums and published essays on contemporary textile and fashion.

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