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Fashion's World Cities

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New York, Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo. This familiar list of cities conjures up the image of high fashion. This book examines the powerful relationship between metropolitan modernity and fashion culture. The authors look at the significance of certain key sites in fashion's world order and at transformations in the connections between key cities. The status of fashion capi ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 12th 2006 by Bloomsbury Academic
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For something seemingly so simple, fashion is a remarkably complex and challenging thing to try to make sense of. On the one hand it is a straightforward issue of clothes, but it also about style, impermanence (if it didn’t change, it wouldn’t be fashion), it is an industry involving at times huge amounts of money while our fashions have immeasurable semiotic power. Fashions also mark and embody place – we recognise the tam-o-shanter as being of Scotland, the cheong sam as being of China (altho ...more
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David Gilbert, “From Paris to Shanghai: The Changing Geographies of Fashion’s World Cities,” pp.3-32

p.4 - The idea of the fashion city is now a feature of the global competition between cities, and has become a part of broader strategies of metropolitan boosterism that give prominence to what have become known as the “cultural industries.”

Permutations of these cities [London, Paris, New York, Milan, and Tokyo] and a few others have been routinely incorporated into the advertising of high fashion
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