This text presents an anthology of the best writing on fashion in the last century. It covers areas such as couture, the designer the cult of the label, the critics, art and fashion and major trends.
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Using extracts from novels, poems, memoirs and journalism, fashion historian Judith Watt explores the robust relationship between fashion and literature her provocative and witty anthology reveals how fashion is used to discuss social and sexual taboos, gender and sexuality, to evoke class sympathies and sexual antipathies, and to define and defy identity. More than a history of fashion, this is a study of social and cultural change in the 20th century.
The writers included are as diverse and surprising as the subjects they discuss: Franz Kafka and Daphne du Maurier use clothes to signify sexual imagery; George Orwell and John Mortimer describe the impact of clothing on the observer as well as the wearer; Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior discuss the world of couture; Noel Coward and Hanif Kureishi write about men's fashion; Nancy Mitford and William Boyd make observations on British style; and Malcolm X and Molly Keane, Joan Smith and Malcolm McLaren both celebrate and deplore fashion.
Judith Watt has distilled this fascinating anthology from the words of novelists, diarists, poets and journalists, all of whom have used and abused fashion to reveal, revere and rebel.
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