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Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Over time and across cultures, extraordinary manipulations of the body have occurred in a continuing evolution of the concept of beauty. Fashion can be seen as the practice of some of the most extreme strategies to conform to shifting concepts of the physical ideal. Various zones of the body—the neck, the shoulders, the bust, the waist, the hips, and the feet—have been con ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 9th 2004 by Metropolitan Museum of Art (first published November 10th 2001)
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Muffy Kroha
Nov 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who actually live by the credo, " Beauty is Pain"- such as myself
This is it! I am officially cut off!!!!!
I got this in the mail today- It looked worthwhile, but it is better than I had dreamed!!! As someone who has been indulging a recent obsession with architectural clothes who has a life long habit of restructuring her body with corsets, girdles, and 8" heels it may as well have been written for me- As many of you know, I once broke up with a guy while hopping up and down trying to get my girdle on and just a week or so ago, I broke my ankle falling off of
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Lucy
This fashion book takes the odd and interesting idea of focusing on the parts of the body that are often featured in dress and fashion throughout history: Neck and shoulders, Chest, Waist, Hips, Feet. It discusses how the focus changes. Included are the obvious: ruffs, brassieres, corsets, bustles, and Chinese foot-binding. Many if not most of the modern examples seem to me to be unwearable, being fashion catwalk versions of some designers' exaggerations. This covers both men and women by the wa ...more
Margo
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A study of the way fashion changes the body, complete with photos and drawings. Very interesting and informative. Not a story book, more like a text book yet easy to read. However, I would think most people would enjoy looking at the photographs at the least and maybe like to have this book sitting out for visitors.
Alisa Kester
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: costuming
A bit meh for me, simply because I'm not at all interested in any fashion post-1950, and also because all information is pretty basic stuff. I didn't learn anything new. Still, it's pretty to look at, and well put together. ...more
Allison
Examines the significance when fashion amplifies parts of the body throughout history and cultures. Haut Couture images as well as historical images
Amanda
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: artbooks
As an artist who deals with the body, I found this book really amazing.
Mara
Jun 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Incredible study on the various erogonous zones that fashion has historically altered, enhanced and distorted.
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