Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed” as Want to Read:
Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  7 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 bodythe neck, the shoulders, the bust, the waist, the hips, and the feethave been ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 9th 2004 by Metropolitan Museum of Art (first published November 10th 2001)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Extreme Beauty, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Extreme Beauty

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.13  · 
Rating details
 ·  152 ratings  ·  7 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed
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
...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.
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.
Yukie Fujimoto
rated it it was amazing
Dec 02, 2014
Zacas_puntas
rated it it was amazing
Nov 25, 2018
Ximena
rated it really liked it
Mar 01, 2015
april
rated it really liked it
Jan 07, 2010
Jo_betcha
rated it it was amazing
Feb 23, 2017
Courtney
rated it liked it
Oct 03, 2016
Kathleen
rated it really liked it
Nov 05, 2009
Duc Nguyên
rated it really liked it
May 23, 2014
Anne
rated it liked it
Jan 19, 2020
Yiing Lee
rated it it was amazing
Jun 16, 2014
Lisa
rated it liked it
Mar 07, 2012
Jess
rated it really liked it
Jan 22, 2018
Sarah Watson
rated it really liked it
Jun 21, 2015
Hayley
rated it it was amazing
Feb 10, 2012
Luke Stevenson
rated it it was amazing
Aug 11, 2016
Erich Rivera
rated it really liked it
Oct 04, 2016
Nitika Singh
rated it liked it
May 16, 2016
Ann
rated it it was amazing
May 10, 2014
Jennifer
rated it it was amazing
Oct 05, 2009
Rene
rated it it was amazing
May 02, 2012
Elle
rated it it was amazing
May 30, 2016
Damon-Eugene
rated it it was amazing
Apr 17, 2013
Nina
rated it really liked it
Jan 08, 2018
Teawithablackdragon
rated it liked it
Jun 26, 2012
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Conjurer's Boy
  • The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist
  • The Grownup
  • Pym
  • Bringing Out the Dead
  • Acid For The Children
  • Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy
  • Death or Glory, Vol. 1: She's Got You
See similar books…

News & Interviews

April is the most hopeful of months, promising warm days and sunshine just around the corner. The weather is a little unpredictable, sure, but tha...
3 likes · 0 comments