RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 60577059 LA English UL http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/9781847888785 T1 Mallarmé on fashion : a translation of the fashion magazine, La dernière mode, with commentary A1 Mallarmé, Stéphane,, Furbank, P. N., Cain, Alex M., PB Berg PP Oxford; New York YR 2004 SN 1417598085 9781417598083 9781847888785 184788878X AB In 1874, Stephane Mallarme, the great French poet, undertook a highly idiosyncratic project--the publication of a fashion magazine called La Derniere Mode (The Latest Fashion)--that he almost single-handedly compiled. Using a variety of feminine and masculine pseudonyms to theorize about fashion and to advise on popular vacation destinations, home furnishings, and entertainment, Mallarmé created a spectacularly original work. The distinguishing feature of Mallarme's magazine is that it explores the nature of fashion from the inside. While it is a genuine fashion magazine, it also satirizes the entire genre. Various theories have been entertained about the work: it has been viewed as a prose poem, a hoax, and a cynical money-making venture. Furbank and Cain, however, argue that such guesses are hopelessly off the mark. Complete with the original artwork and a contextualizing introduction and commentary, this is the definitive translation of one of French literature's greatest enigmas.