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Extreme beauty : the body transformed

Author: Harold Koda; John Philip O'Neill; Barbara Cavaliere; Costume Institute (New York, N.Y.); Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003.
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This beautiful and thought-provoking book presents many of the extraordinary and diverse transformations that the body has endured in fashion over time and across cultures. It demonstrates that an undeniable beauty abides throughout the subtle and the radical manipulations that have occurred as part of the continuing evolution of the concept of beauty. Fashion has practiced extreme strategies to portray shifting  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
History
Exhibitions
Cross-cultural studies Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Koda; John Philip O'Neill; Barbara Cavaliere; Costume Institute (New York, N.Y.); Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 0300103123 9780300103120
OCLC Number: 228442598
Notes: Catalogue accompanying an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York from Dec. 6, 2001 - March 3, 2002.
Originally published: 2001.
Description: 168 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Responsibility: Harold Koda.

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This beautiful and thought-provoking book presents many of the extraordinary and diverse transformations that the body has endured in fashion over time and across cultures. It demonstrates that an undeniable beauty abides throughout the subtle and the radical manipulations that have occurred as part of the continuing evolution of the concept of beauty. Fashion has practiced extreme strategies to portray shifting concepts of the physical ideal. The physical areas of the body have been variously and strategically adjusted. They have been constricted, padded, truncated, or extended to achieve fashion's goal through subtle prostheses, and often, deliberate physical changes. Extreme Beauty incorporates striking examples from the past and present, from Africa, America, China, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia to portray many of the specific ways this has happened.

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