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Cool shades : the history and meaning of sunglasses

Author: Vanessa Gill-Brown
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Cool Shades provides the first in-depth exploration of the enduring appeal of sunglasses in visual culture, both historically and today. Ubiquitous in fashion, advertising, film and graphic design, sunglasses are the ultimate signifier of 'cool' in mass culture; a powerful attribute pervading much fashion and pop cultural imagery which has received little scholarly attention until now. Accessible and highly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gill-Brown, Vanessa, 1970-
Cool shades.
London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2015
(DLC) 2014021549
(OCoLC)858353426
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vanessa Gill-Brown
ISBN: 9780857854636 0857854631
OCLC Number: 895162422
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 177 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Machine generated contents note: --
1. Introduction 2. Sunglasses and Modernity: Why do Modern Eyes Need Shading? 3. Sunglasses and Speed 4. Sunglasses and the Hi-tech Body5. From Sunlight to Fashbulbs: Sunglasses, Success, Celebrity and Glamour 6. Sunglasses and the Other --
Race, Gender, the Blind and the Outlaw 7. The Spread of Outsider Cool: 1950s --
Present8. Sunglasses and the Absence of Meaning 9. Conclusion10. Timeline (1750 to 1960s)BibliographyIndex.
Responsibility: Vanessa Brown.

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"Cool Shades provides the first in-depth exploration of the enduring appeal of sunglasses in visual culture, both historically and today. Ubiquitous in fashion, advertising, film and graphic design, sunglasses are the ultimate signifier of 'cool' in mass culture; a powerful attribute pervading much fashion and pop cultural imagery which has received little scholarly attention until now. Accessible and highly engaging, this book offers an original history of how sunglasses became a fashion accessory in the early twentieth century, and addresses the complex variety of meanings they have the power to articulate, through associations with vision, light, glamour, darkness, fashion, speed and technology in the context of modernity. Cool Shades will be of great interest to students of fashion, design, visual and material culture, cultural studies and sociology, as well as general readers fascinated by this iconic fashion staple"--

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Brown delivers a fascinating explication of an iconic fashion accoutrement: sunglasses. She discusses how they have served as a popular cultural signifier, particularly since the 1920s, and explains Read more...

 
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