Fashion Game Changers: Reinventing the 20th-Century Silhouette

Fashion Game Changers: Reinventing the 20th-Century Silhouette


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Fashion Game Changers traces radical innovations in Western fashion design from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.

Challenging the traditional silhouettes of their day, fashion designers such as Madeleine Vionnet and Cristóbal Balenciaga began to liberate the female body from the close-fitting hourglass forms which dominated European and American fashion, instead enveloping bodies in more autonomous garments which often took inspiration from beyond the West. As the century progressed, new generations of avant-garde designers from Rei Kawakubo to Martin Margiela further developed the ideas instigated by their predecessors to defy established notions of femininity in dress, creating space between body and garment. This way, a new relationship between body and dress emerged for the 21st century.

With over 200 images and commentaries from an international range of leading fashion curators and historians, this beautifully illustrated book showcases some of the most revolutionary silhouettes and innovative designs of over 100 years of fashion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350065345
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/08/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Karen Van Godtsenhoven is Exhibitions Curator at MoMu fashion museum in Antwerp, Belgium.

Miren Arzalluz is a fashion historian, freelance fashion curator and former head of collections at the Cristóbal Balenciaga Foundation.

Kaat Debo is Director of MoMu fashion museum in Antwerp, Belgium.

Table of Contents

1. Fashion Game Changers: Reinventing the 20th Century Silhouette - An Introduction
Kaat Debo

2. Iconoclastic Visions of the Silhouette: Cristóbal Balenciaga
Miren Arzalluz

3. Self-Taught and Experimental: A New Approach to the Body
Karen Van Godtsenhoven

The Inside View – Karin Dillen on Wearing Maison Martin Margiela
Hettie Judah

4. Kindred Spirits: The Radical Poetry of Japanese and Belgian Designers
Anabela Becho

The Inside View – Liliane Lijn on Wearing Issey Miyake
Hettie Judah

5. The Discovery of Abstraction in Twentieth-Century Fashion
Akiko Fukai

6. Shadows of the Body
Olivier Saillard

7. Cultural Liberation Springing from Physical Liberation: Reception Study of the 1980s Avant-Garde
Hettie Judah

The Inside View – Isolde Pringiers on Wearing Commes des Garçons
Hettie Judah

8. More Game Changers: Louise Boulanger, André Courrèges, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Georgina Godley
Miren Arzalluz, Karen Van Godtsenhoven and Alexandre Samson

Notes on Contributors
Photo Credits

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