This collection of essays goes beyond the history of fashion to reveal the underlying financial and political forces that shape it, showing how fashion relates to the economic realities and motivations of those who create what we buy and wear. The contributors address key issues in fashion theory and practice, including fashion photography and the media representation of fashion, ecological concerns versus the livelihood of impoverished communities, the evolution of haute couture in relation to street fashion and retail, the politics of dress, and the relationship of black designers and non-European cultures to western fashion. Extensive illustrations and black and white photographs offer visual accompaniment for the trends and issues discussed.
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Juliet Ash is a tutor in fashion/textiles design history at the Royal College of Art in London. She is the coeditor of Components of Dress and a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. Elizabeth Wilson is a professor of social studies at the University of North London. She is the author of Adorned in Dreams, Bohemians: The Glamorous Outcasts, and The Sphinx in the City.Review:
"Provides a discourse that will attract readers concerned with fashion and those who want to have a new look at some old economic and cultural contradictions. Works such as this, incorporating left debates, may offer new generations of readers the sort of allure that books about 'socialism' appear to have lost." -- Lorraine Gamman, New Statesman & Society
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Book Description Pandora Press, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0044408242
Book Description Pandora Press, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-001-24-9226009
Book Description Pandora Press, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110044408242