Chic Thrills: A Fashion Reader

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Designed to be as internationally relevant as the fashion it discusses, "Chic Thrills" extends fashion theory beyond the interpretation of style, and shows how it relates to the economic realities and motivations of those who create the clothing we buy and wear. Among the issues the contributors address are: Feminism and the politics of fashion * The relationship of non-European cultures to Western fashion * Fashion and the negotiation of identity * Recent trends in fashion photography and the media representation of fashion * Industrial conditions, production constraints and the relationship of garment workers to the clothes they make * Playing with a different sex: fashion and the lesbian couple * Fascism and fashion: Paris "haute couture" under Nazi occupation * Fashion and the postmodern body.

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"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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'Chic Thrills' extends fashion theory way beyond the interpretation of style. It shows how fashion relates to the economic realities and motivations of those who create what we will 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, SUCH AS THE 1050S 'NEW LOOK', WARTIME CLOTHING AND SPORTSWEAR TODAY
• THE RELATIONSHIP OF BLACK DESIGNERS AND NON-EUROPEAN CULTURES TO WESTERN FASHION
• INDUSTRIAL CONDITIONS, PRODUCTION CONSTRAINTS AND THE RELATIONSHIP OF GARMENT WORKERS TO THE CLOTHES THEY MAKE
• THE POSTMODERNISM DEBATE: PLURALISM VERSUS THE 'TYRANNY' OF FASHION

Illustrated with over 50 black and white photographs and complete with an essential resource section of further reading and videos, 'Chic Thrills' is essential reading for students and teachers of fashion and cultural studies as well as those involved in creating and retailing clothes – or simply buying and wearing them

Contributors:
Juliet Ash, Rosetta Brookes, Linda Cloeing, Naseem Kahn, Ellen Leopold, Kate Luck, Hilary O'Kelly, Angela Partington, Aileen Ribeiro, Katrina Rolley, Sheila Rowbotham, Judy Rumbold, Neil Spencer, Valerie Steele, Lou Taylor, Teal Triggs, Carol Tulloch, Elizabeth Wilson, Lee Wright.

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