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Fashion theory. An introduction.

Author: Malcolm Barnard
Publisher: Andover : Routledge Ltd. 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fashion is both big business and big news. From models' eating disorders and sweated labour to the glamour of a new season's trends, statements and arguments about fashion and the fashion industry can be found in every newspaper, consumer website and fashion blog. Books which define, analyse and explain the nature, production and consumption of fashion in terms of one theory or another abound. But what are the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm Barnard
ISBN: 9780415496209 0415496209
OCLC Number: 864429354
Description: 264 pages
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Fashion and Fashion Theories 3. What Fashion Is and Is Not 4. What Fashion and Clothing Do 5. Fashion and/in History 6. Fashion as Communication 7. Fashion, Identity and Difference 8. Fashion, Clothes and the Body 9. Fashion Production and Consumption 10. Modern and Postmodern Fashion 11. Globalization and Colonialism 12. Fashion and (the) Image 13. Fashion, Fetish and the Erotic 14. Conclusion
Responsibility: Malcolm Barnard.

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Fashion is both big business and big news. From models' eating disorders and sweated labour to the glamour of a new season's trends, statements and arguments about fashion and the fashion industry can be found in every newspaper, consumer website and fashion blog. Books which define, analyse and explain the nature, production and consumption of fashion in terms of one theory or another abound. But what are the theories which run through all of these analyses, and how can they help us to understand fashion and clothing? This book explains some of the most influential and important theories on fashion: it brings to light the presuppositions involved in the things we think and say about fashion every day and shows how they depend on those theories. This clear, accessible introduction contextualises and critiques the ways in which a wide range of disciplines have used different theoretical approaches to explain - and sometimes to explain away - the astonishing variety, complexity and beauty of fashion.

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There is thought-provoking, scholarly value in Barnard's summaries and examinations, Summing Up: Recommended. - C. E. Berg, Museum of History and Industry, CHOICE Review`Malcolm Barnard's Fashion Read more...

 
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