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Fashioning the body : an intimate history of the silhouette

Author: Denis Bruna; Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture,
Publisher: New York : Published for Bar Graduate Center, Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture by Yale University Press, [2015] ©2015
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This unique survey offers fascinating insights into the convoluted transformations employed by both men and women to accommodate the fickle dictates of fashion. With high design, wit, and style, Fashioning the Body tracks the evolution of these sartorial devices-from panniers, crinolines, and push-up bras to chains, zippers, and clasps-concealed beneath outer layers in order to project idealized figures. Women's  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogues
Exhibition catalogs
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Denis Bruna; Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture,
ISBN: 9780300204278 0300204272
OCLC Number: 894128383
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Translation of: La mécanique des dessous : une histoire indiscrete de la silhouette.
"Published in conjunction with the exhibition 'Fashioning the body: an intimate history of the silhouette', held at the Bard Graduate Center, New York, April 3 to July 26, 2015."
Description: 271 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Introduction / Denis Bruna ; 14th-16th century. Medieval fashion, bodies, and transformations / Denis Bruna ; Puffed out chests and paunched bellies : the broadening of men's bodies from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century / Denis Bruna ; The pourpoint of Charles de Blois / Maximilien Durand ; "Falsity and pretense" : stuffed codpieces / Denis Bruna ; Women's undergarments and the submission of the body in the sixteenth century / Axel Moulinier, Sophie Vesin ; The enigma of the iron corset / Denis Bruna, Sophie Vesin ; Under the ruff / Denis Bruna --
17th-18th century. The ancien régime of the body / Michel Delon ; From the doublet to the justaucorps : a man's silhouette in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries / Aurore Pierre ; Whalebone bodies and panniers : the mechanics of good carriage in the eighteenth century / Anne-Cécile Moheng ; Whalebone stays and corsets for children from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries / Anaïs Biernat --
19th century. The nineteenth century : from artifice to anonymity / Georges Vigarello ; The corset, essential protagonist of modern femininity / Aurore Bayle-Loudet ; Crinolines and bustles : the reign of metallic artifices / Lina María Paz ; Corsets, stomach belts, and padded calves : the masculine silhouette reconfigured / Sophie Lamotte --
20th-21st century. Contemporary undergarments / Anne Zazzo ; Brassieres, girdles, waspies and cami-panties since 1900 / Charlotte Delory ; Corsets, crinolines, and bustles in today's fashions : drawing creative inspiration from the history of undergarments / Sophie Lemahieu ; New underwear and notions of virility in contemporary society / Shaun Cole.
Other Titles: Mécanique des dessous.
Responsibility: edited by Denis Bruna.
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A witty and stylish look into the mechanics employed by men and women to sculpt their figures for fashion  Read more...


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"Featuring period pieces, paintings, cartoons and fashion photography, this book tears apart the seams of fashion history to reveal the silhouette, from the Middle Ages to the present day."-The Lady

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