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Tigersprung: Fashion in Modernity
Far from being a frivolous subject, fashion is the supreme expression of the contemporary spirit. Sartorial elements embody the pace and rhythm of modern society and culture as few other ideas or commodities do. Indeed, the hallmarks of "la modernite" found their most immediate reflection in "la mode." But no one until now has attempted a rigorous analysis of fashion, on a ...more
Paperback, 554 pages
Published September 9th 2002 by MIT Press (MA)
(first published December 26th 2000)
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This is the best book I have read on fashion. The author anchors his discussion of fashion and modernity with writings by Simmel, Baudelaire, Benjamin, and others. Fashion is considered as forceful and not frivolous, harboring perhaps revolutionary potential but certainly the potential to disrupt our understanding of temporal boundaries. You may tire of the word play (text/textile, la mode/modernite, on and on), but there's serious depth as well. I especially like his reading of Benjamin's ...more