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Fashion & Fetishism: Corsets, Tight-Lacing and Other Forms of Body-Sculpture

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  40 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
From corsets to codpieces, stockings to stilettos and piercing to push-up bras, fashion and sex have always enjoyed a very close relationship. This new edition of David Kunzle's rich and revealing history of corsetry and body sculpture shows how this neglected phenomenon is closely bound up with sexual self-expression. Drawing on sources as diverse as medical literature an ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by The History Press (first published April 1st 1982)
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Dfordoom
Apr 26, 2008 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've always had a bit of a weakness for revisionist history. I tend to agree with Napoleon that official history is “a set of lies agreed upon.” Art historian David Kunzle's Fashion and Fetishism: Corsets, Tight-Lacing and Other Forms of Body Sculpture is definitely revisionist history. In this case Kunzle takes a phenomenon (the wearing of corsets, and in particular the tight-lacing of corsets, in Victorian times) that has traditionally been understood in a particularly (as emblematic of the op ...more
Rachel
I read this on Angela Carter's recommendation, which should tell you something. She wrote an engrossing review of it, which can be read among her collected essays, in Shaking a Leg. She raved about it, and she was very right.

It's a very Carterian book - sexuality and femininity as powerfully subversive tools, the complex (and often unexpected) power dynamics woven into everyday life. Kunzle traces the history of artificial waist restriction, from Minoan frescos to 20th century fetishists, and tr
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Kerry
Dec 12, 2015 Kerry rated it it was amazing
When the joy the writer experiences in the subject matter comes out in the finished product, that book's quality is heightened exponentially. So it is with Fashion & Fetishism. Kunzle has researched and compiled the definitive guide to tight-lacing and its history almost to the point of exhaustion (and, possibly for a reader less enthused, his or her exhaustion). This book's academic fragrance might be off-putting for some or appealing to others (possibly the masochists) who like Kunzle's di ...more
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