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Fashion: A Philosophy

Fashion: A Philosophy (Paperback)

By Svendsen, Lars

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Fashion is a combination of conformity and individual choices. The development of fashion is central to an idea of modernity, insofar as it represents a break with tradition. The progressively short cycles of fashion exist alongside the contemporary idea of personal identity. Sve...ndsen overturns provocatively many dearly-held beliefs of the fashion industry and its promoters: that body modification and interest in plastic surgery and the naked body are aspects of a new consumerism and that fashion is indeed 'fashionable' - the paradox is that art has continued to be in fashion, while fashion would basically seem to have gone out of fashion when it is to be considered as art. In Fashion: A Philosophy , Lars Svendsen provides an accessible analysis of fashion as a historical phenomenon and as a philosophy of taste. Quoting a wide range of thinkers, from Adam Smith to Roland Barthes, he examines the slippery meaning of fashion, exploring the term in its widest sense but placing fashion in clothing at centre stage. In so doing, Svendsen highlights the importance of transient fashions in the arts, politics and philosophy and the interrelationships between fashion, modernity and human identity.
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ISBN 9781861892911
Released AU 1 Oct 2006
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781861892911
Stock Ready to ship - Less than 10 items
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Imprint Reaktion Books
Released 1 Oct 2006
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Svendsen, Lars
Category Fashion Design
Popular Culture
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 120mm
Height: 200mm
Spine: 15mm
Dewey Code 306.4
Weight 200g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Philosophy, Fashion
NBS Text Cultural Studies
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education