Although it is appealing to think that fashion has taken a sharp turban away from conventions established in the industry over the past century and more, is this really the case? Or are 'pioneering' designs simply part of a cyclical revival of forgotten fashions? Looking at some of the most influential designers of the twentieth century, Vinken considers the politics and philosophies that have been the driving forces directing their sense of style.Vinken describes 'Fashion Zeitgeist' as a trend characterized by representations of traces of the past. She considers the key concepts behind designers such as Yamamoto, Gaultier, and Lagerfeld. The originality of Yamamoto's multi-layered look stems from his philosophy that it is the individual sum of experience that is important, not the collective consequences of history. Martin Margiela, although he himself refuses to be photographed or appear in the public eye, brings new individuality into fashion. Chanel, under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld, is viewed as the only fashion house to have remained fresh after 100 years, yet is this success essentially proof of the self-referential qualities fashion has adopted? What inspired the fetish for labels at the end of the twentieth century? Answering these questions and many more, this concise and thought-provoking book shows how beauty, gender, sexuality, commerce and dandyism have persisted in defining the fashion system.
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About the Author
Barbara Vinken is affiliated to the University of Munich.
Table of Contents
What Fashion Strictly Divided * Adorned in Zeitgeist * High and Low: The End of a Century of Fashion * Eight Types of Fashion * Montana, Mugler: Myth * Dolce and Gabbana: Deep South * Comme des Garçons: Ex Oriente Lux * Yohji Yamamoto: The Secret Sewn In * Gaultier: Revaluation of all Values * Helmut Lang: Fabric, Skin, Figure * Martin Margiela: Signs of Time