Glamour: Women, History, Feminism
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In this lavishly illustrated book, author Carol Dyhouse surveys the world of glamour from early Hollywood right up to Madonna.She deftly unpacks the ever-changing nature of the word, its relationship to femininity and fashion, and its place in twentieth century social history. With wit and insight, Dyhouse conducts a dazzling tour of the history and meaning of costume, cos...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Zed Books (first published 2010)
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WORN Fashion Journal
Academic in tone, yet fast-paced and readable, this book explores glamour as both concept and commodity. From Marlene Dietrich to Madonna, the evolution of glamour is analyzed alongside its relationship with pop culture, celebrity, advertising, and fashion (surprisingly, being glamorous was not always considered en vogue). Images of perfume ads from the ’20s are interspersed with accounts of the less-than-pretty aspects that came with upholding such an ideal: think class issues, Orientalism, and...more
Jennifer Inweh
to be truthful i only bought this book because of the cover haha. but it actually turned out to be a pretty fascinating read.
the author looks at glamour from the various perspectives of different classes through various eras. glamour and it's dynamic in relation to feminine identity plays a multi-role in regard to expressing the female identity. it is interesting to look at how the female power dynamic is explored through this idea.
the book is a written from many different angles, taking into ac...more
Tara
A lively history of the beauty business and its impact on women's lives, both positive and negative, throughout the 20th century. Covers fashion, movies, magazines and how trends correspond with social change. Interesting to see how patterns repeat themselves, and some eras may be less 'radical' than they first appear, while others are underestimated. It's essentially a British perspective with lots of nostalgic detail, especially of my hometown, Brighton. But the influences are global (Paris co...more
Lola
I loved it. Rekindled my love for all things retro and vintage.
Dina Agazzi
Il titolo è un pò fuorviante, il libro è in realtà un excursus storico-sociologico su come la moda ed in particolare il concetto di glamour, abbia influito sulla vita, sugli usi e costumi delle donne, dall'inizio del '900 ad oggi.
La visione è incentrata soprattutto sulla società inglese e americana, quindi a mio avviso, non è proprio possibile fare un parallelo con la condizione femminile in Italia, almeno fino agli anni del boom economico.
L'ho trovato comunque molto interessante, si legge facil...more
Sarra
Minus one full star for likening obesity to anorexia & bulimia. Fatness isn't an eating disorder, but a culture's insistence on demonizing it is an excellent way to create more eating disorders.
Jia-yi
An easy-to-read lit review that draws few interesting conclusions, especially for those who already think long and hard about fashion and beauty.
Anna
Well written and informative. Very useful people interested in the topic of "Glamour".
Tasha
I was really impressed by this book! It gave me a lot to think about.
Meg
Aug 25, 2010 Meg marked it as to-read-gender
Natalie-recommended.
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Carol Dyhouse is a social historian. Her research has focused on gender, education and the pattern of women's lives in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain. Her books include Girls Growing Up in late Victorian and Edwardian England (1981); Feminism and the Family in England, 1890-1939, (1989); No Distinction of Sex? Women in British Universities (1995); and Students: A Gendered History (2006)....more
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