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Fashion classics from Carlyle to Barthes

Author: Michael Carter
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Berg, 2003.
Series: Dress, body, culture.
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"With so much focus on contemporary theory, it is easy to forget that the serious analysis of clothing and fashion has a long history. In fact, they have been the subject of intense cultural debate since the nineteenth century. Fashion Classics provides an interpretative overview of the groundbreaking and often idiosyncratic writings of eight theorists whose work has profoundly influenced the conceptual and  Read more...
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Carter, Michael, 1944-
Fashion classics from Carlyle to Barthes.
Oxford ; New York : Berg, 2003
(OCoLC)604051502
Online version:
Carter, Michael, 1944-
Fashion classics from Carlyle to Barthes.
Oxford ; New York : Berg, 2003
(OCoLC)606979948
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Carter
ISBN: 1859736017 9781859736012 1859736068 9781859736067
OCLC Number: 51058997
Description: xiv, 178 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Thomas Carlyle and Sartor resartus --
Herbert Spencer's sartorial Protestantism --
Thorstein Veblen's leisure class --
Georg Simmel: clothes and fashion --
Alfred kroeber and the great secular wave --
J.C. Flügel and the nude future --
James Laver, the reluctant expert --
Roland Barthes and the end of the nineteenth century.
Series Title: Dress, body, culture.
Responsibility: Michael Carter.

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"With so much focus on contemporary theory, it is easy to forget that the serious analysis of clothing and fashion has a long history. In fact, they have been the subject of intense cultural debate since the nineteenth century. Fashion Classics provides an interpretative overview of the groundbreaking and often idiosyncratic writings of eight theorists whose work has profoundly influenced the conceptual and theoretical basis of our contemporary understanding of clothes and the fashion system." "Carter fully revives early 'fashion theorists' - some canonical and others less well known - and examines them in light of more recent work. From Carlyle's fantastical character Professor Teufelsdrockh, through the first Freudian analysis of clothes by J.C. Flugel, the pioneering work of Spencer, Veblen, Simmel, Kroeber, Laver and finally to Barthes' monumental work on the modern fashion system, this book explores and explains the foundations of fashion theory. Not only does it provide an historical outline of Western conceptions of clothes and fashion, but it also highlights how ideas intermix and build on one another."--Jacket.

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