Fashion Cultures: Theories, Explorations and Analysis

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Fashion Cultures: Theories, Explorations and Analysis by Stella Bruzzi

From the catwalk to the shopping mall, from the big screen to the art museum, fashion plays an increasingly central role in contemporary culture. Fashion Cultures investigates why we are so fascinated by fashion and the associated spheres of photography, magazines and television, and shopping.
Fashion Cultures:
* re-addresses the fashionable image, considering the work of designers from Paul Smith to Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan
* investigates the radicalism of fashion photography, from William Klein to Corinne Day
* considers fashion for the 'unfashionable body' (the old and the big), football and fashion, and geographies of style
* explores the relationship between fashion and the moving image in discussions of female cinema icons - from Grace Kelly to Gwyneth Paltrow - and iconic male images - from Cary Grant to Malcolm X and Mr Darcy - that have redefined notions of masculinity and cool
* makes a significant intervention into contemporary gender politics and theory, exploring themes such as spectacle, masquerade, and the struggle between fashion and feminism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415206860
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stella Bruzzi is Senior Lecturer in Media Arts at Royal Holloway College, London. She is the author of Undressing Cinema (Routledge 1997) and New Documentary: A Critical Introduction (Routledge 2000). Pamela Church Gibson is Senior Lecturer at the London College of Fashion. She is co-editor of Dirty Looks: Women, Power, Pornography (BFI 1993) and co-editor of the Oxford Guide to Film Studies (Oxford University Press 1998).

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsxi
Notes on contributorsxii
Part 1Shopping, spaces and selling5
1Urban Outfitting: The City and the Spaces of Fashion Culture7
2Fashioning New forms of Consumption: The Case of Paul Smith25
3Be Our Brand: Fashion and Personalization on the Web49
4Visual Seduction and Perverse Compliance: Reviewing Food Fantasies, Large Appetites and Grotesque Bodies61
5'No One Expects Me Anywhere': Invisible Women, Ageing and the Fashion Industry79
Part 2Catwalk and after91
6Yesterday's Emblems and Tomorrow's Commodities: The Return of the Repressed in Fashion Imagery Today93
7Catwalk Politics114
8On the Move: Fashion Photography and the Single Girl in the 1960s128
9Escaping to Reality: Fashion Photography in the 1990s143
Part 3Images, icons and impulses157
10On Wearing the Film: Madam Satan (1930)159
11Bombay Ishtyle178
12Making Up the Truth: On Lies, Lipstick and Friedrich Nietzsche191
13Cary Grant201
14Grace Kelly205
15Undressing the Latin Lover: Marcello Mastroianni, Fashion and La Dolce Vita209
16The Dandy Laid Bare: Embodying Practices and Fashion for Men221
17Darcy's Escape: An Icon in the Making239
18Gwyneth Paltrow245
Part 4Spectacle and subculture251
19Fashion As a Culture Industry253
20Rock, Fashion and Performativity264
21The Italian Job: Football, Fashion and That Sarong286
22'My Man, Let Me Pull Your Coat to Something': Malcolm X298
23Performing Masculinities: Dandyism and Male Fashion in 1960s-70s British Cinema315
Part 5Modes and methodologies329
24Flash Trash: Gianni Versace and the Theory and Practice of Glamour331
25Redressing the Balance: Patriarchy, Postmodernism and Feminism349
26'I Know Nothing About Fashion: There's No Point in Interviewing Me': The Use and Value of Oral History to the Fashion Historian363
27Museums as Fashion Media371

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