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