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FASHION & FETISHISM, Corsets, Tight-Lacing & Other Forms of Body-Sculpture

Kunzle, David

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ISBN 10: 0750938080 / ISBN 13: 9780750938082
Published by Sutton Publishing, 2004
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Revised & Enlarged from the original edition of 1982. Reveals how corsetry and body-sculpture are bound up with sexual and social self-expression: a rewritten social history from one of repression to sexual freedom and class revolt. Abundanly illustrated in b&w, with a section of colour plates. Appendices / 8 articles. Notes. Biblio. Index. xvi, 384 pp. Fine Hardcover w/ Near Fine dj. Bookseller Inventory # 1161

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Title: FASHION & FETISHISM, Corsets, Tight-Lacing &...

Publisher: Sutton Publishing

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

Book Type: Trade Edition

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From corsets to codpieces, stockings to stilettos and piercing to push-up bras, fashion and sex have always enjoyed a very close relationship. This new edition of David Kunzle's rich and revealing history of corsetry and body sculpture shows how this neglected phenomenon is closely bound up with sexual self-expression. Drawing on sources as diverse as medical literature and popular magazine articles, this fascinating history shows how in many ways the use of the corset rejected the role of the passive, maternal woman - so that in Victorian times it was actually seen by many as a scandalous threat to the social order. Even today fashion designers recognise its subversive powers, as a symbol of eroticism, decadence and control. Taking in other curiosities such as ancient body decoration, male corsetry, masochism and foot fetishism, this is an often racy journey into the enigma of all those who sculpt the shape of their desires onto their bodies.

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David Kunzle is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of The Early Comic Strip, Posters of Protest and Che Guevara: Icon, Myth, and Message. He is British-born and returns regularly to this country.

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