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Fashion, desire and anxiety : image and morality in the 20th century

By: Arnold, Rebecca

Part of the Fashion & Popular Culture S. series
1860645550 / 9781860645556
Paperback
391'.00904
02/03/2001
Stock expected by 03/04/2020
England
24 cm xiv, 144p. : ill.
postgraduate  Learn More research & professional undergraduate

This text argues that fashion and the imagery surrounding it give us a vision of Western culture that is both enticing and alienating, flaunting capitalism's euphoric emblems of glamour and success but also representing the underside of modern life.

In the 1970s, photographers like Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton set models against backdrops of tarnished glamour; in the 1990s Alexander McQueen and John Galliano created decadent femmes fatales whose sexual allure was equally tempting and threatening.

Rebecca Arnold exlores the complex nature of modern fashion, attempting to unravel the contradictory emotions of desire and anxiety that it provokes.

BIC:

1QFH Industrialized / developed countries, 3JJ 20th century, AKTA Fashion design & theory, JFCK Fashion & society, JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

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