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A Cultural History of Fashion in the Twentieth Century: From the Catwalk to the Sidewalk

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The 20th Century saw the effective end of haute couture, the rise of prêt à porter and, finally, the triumph of street fashion. Bonnie English unravels the complexities and contradictions behind these changes to chart the history of modern fashion. What caused the demise of haute couture in the 20th century? What does the "democratisation" of fashion actually mean? Which k ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 15th 2007 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published August 7th 2007)
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Bonnie English wants to teach you Fashion 101 (minus the student fees and late night study sessions)and “unravel the complications and contradictions behind stylistic change in order to chart the history of modern fashion.”

A senior lecturer in Art Theory at the Queensland College of Art, English has created a very respectable academic treatment of the last century of fashion. She begins her narrative with Louis XIV, predecessor of metrosexuals everywhere, and extends her analysis into globalized
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Bivisyani Questibrilia
Oct 23, 2015 Bivisyani Questibrilia rated it really liked it
Fashion has a certain image for being aloof and dismissive of the greater good. It is often portrayed as being distant, cold and disinterested in everyone but itself. This book walked me through the history of how it came to be known as such, how it has changed throughout the century and how nostalgic it is even before we thought it was being nostalgic. For people who don't really understand fashion, this book is perfect as it explains everything you need to know about the industry as well. It m ...more
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Jan 14, 2012 a rated it really liked it
good broad overview making the salient points, sketching a timeline and drawing tentative causal links to social, economic, political and cultural motions. necessarily glosses over A LOT and maybe overstates the representativeness of some samples, but really ended up satisfying the urge i had to chart a rough chronology of modern fashion design
Evgenia Pradel
Jan 17, 2014 Evgenia Pradel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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it is a good book with a lot of facts and ideas!It could be better if there were more images and if they were not b&w!
Tess
Feb 11, 2016 Tess marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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