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Synopsis: It was in 1946 that the world first came to hear of a coral atoll in the Marshall Islands called Bikini. The following year, French couturier Louis Reart borrowed the name and applied it to a bathing costume for women. Breaking with decades of boring conformity, Reart dared to 'undress' women's bodies in order to better emphasize what remained clothed -- albeit in tiny wisps of material. By taking up the bikini as popular beachwear, women also found themselves thinking differently about their bodies. An ideal of perfection was many times reinforced by the appearance on the cinema screen of such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and Ursula Andress, all of whom featured in bikinis that accentuated their own gloriously curvaceous contours. More than a bathing costume, the bikini made its own contribution during the 1970s to the sexual revolution, to the changing relationship between men and women in general.
This book investigates the history of the bikini as a way of noting the change in the perception of women by society, as women have regained responsibility for the way they look and laid claim once more to full sexual equality. A wealth of pictures throughout the book illustrates this womanly progression step-by-step over more than 50 years.
About the Author: German and Slavic scholar, Patrick Alac has published many articles in several German fashion magazines. He has written a book entitled: "The language of Fashion in Roland Barthe's Work".
Title: Bikini A Cultural History
Publisher: PARKSTONE PRESS LTD
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Parkstone Press, 2002. Book Condition: Very Good. 0th Edition. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96438873
Book Description Parkstone Press Ltd, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used; Good. Bookseller Inventory # 1541479
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Book Description Parkstone Press. Book Condition: Good. 2002 - Hardcover - Used - Good - - - - Shows some shelf-wear. May contain old price stickers or their residue, inscriptions or dedications from previous owners in first few pages and remainder marks. - Hall Street Books proudly ships from Brooklyn, NY. All orders are processed and shipped within 24 business hours, Sunday - Thursday. Expedited shipping and tracking available within the US. Hall Street's No-Worry guarantee lets you buy with confidence!. Bookseller Inventory # NO-05-6-0112
Book Description Parkstone Press Ltd, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. New. Fine in publisher's cloth in like dust jacket. Torn shrink-wrap. Available in our UK premises for prompt dispatch worldwide. Bookseller Inventory # PBFH052243
Book Description Parkstone Press 2002-07-01, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: good. Ubr. 1859957951. Bookseller Inventory # 659160
Book Description Parkstone Press, NY, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: VG Jacket. Near fine or a little better with no markings or easily noticed wear in a vg jacket showing slight wear. Colorful photography and history through-out. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 044482
Book Description Parkstone Press Ltd, New York, 2002. Laminated Boards. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 215 pages, 184 illustrations in colour and black and white. Size: 12 7/8" x 9 1/2". Bookseller Inventory # 004726