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The Surreal Body: Fetish & Fashion

Wood, Ghislaine

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ISBN 10: 1851775021 / ISBN 13: 9781851775026
Published by V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum), London 2007, 2007
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19.5 x 21.5cms, 96pp, 58 colour & 36 b/w illusts, fine semi-stiff cover & dustwrapper The chapters are: the mannequin (Pavilion de l'Elegance; Mannequin Street): the fetish; bodies -transformed - surrealist women; the shop window; Surreal fashion; Dali's jewels; th dream of Venus. Bookseller Inventory # 123404

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Title: The Surreal Body: Fetish & Fashion

Publisher: V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum), London 2007

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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The Surrealists endlessly manipulated and fetishized the body—especially the female body. The emerging mechanics of fashion promotion ensured that this new vision of the body was widely seen as the fashion magazine played an innovative role in promoting a new and often highly eroticized femininity. From the extraordinary jewelry of Salvador Dalí to the collections of Elsa Schiaparelli and Meret Oppenheim, The Surreal Body is a stunningly illustrated look at mind-bending Surrealist fashion and adornment.

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Ghislaine Wood is curator of Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design. She curated the V&A’s blockbuster exhibition, Art Deco 1910–1939, and co-edited the accompanying book.

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