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Boutique: A '60s Cultural Icon
by Marnie Fogg
Here, for the first time, fashion expert Marnie Fogg explores the social, cultural, and creative ramifications of the boutique phenomenon. All of the major protagonists of the time are included, from Barbara Hulanicki of Biba, Sir Paul Smith, Celia Birtwell, and John Bates, to their contemporary models, photographers, and fashion editors. With photographs and illustrations ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 192 pages
Published March 13th 2003 by Mitchell Beazley
(first published March 4th 2003)
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As much a history lesson as it is a chronological account of fashion happenings in 1960s London, Boutique is an attractive, easy-to-read, and overall pleasant approach to explaining the impact of the boutique. Author Marnie Fogg hopes to demonstrate just how the rise of boutiques in the sixties “gave voice, form, and location to the youthful desire for independence and personal freedom, and in turn led to an unprecedented awareness of fashion as a vibrant medium of self-expression.” By talking a ...more
Great analysis of the rise of boutique culture in the UK in the 60s. It charts some changes in fashion, business, and society and general and has a great class and gender based view. I would have liked a chapter on European boutique culture, as there is one on the US, and there are references made to European boutique influences (like the Dutch The Joker boutique), but there is no general overview. But that's really my only qualm here.