The Culture of Fashion : A New History of Fashionable Dress Paperback / softback
Part of the Studies in Design and Material Culture series
Paperback / softback
This illustrated survey of 600 years of fashion investigates its cultural and social meanings from medieval Europe to 20th-century America.
It provides a guide to the changes in style and taste, and challenges existing fashion histories, showing that clothes have always played a pivotal role in defining a sense of identity and society, especially when concerned with sexual and body politics.
With a chronological structure, each chapter focuses on both male and female fashion of a specific period, covering its fascinating developments.
It discusses: androgynous dressing; body piercing; fabrics, clothing and the rise of city life; dress, and the changing shape of the human body; controversies surrounding trousers and leg wear for both men and women; exposure of flesh; fashion and social status; and the dissemination of fashion through travel, film, magazines and catwalk shows. -- .