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Fashioning the body : an intimate history of the silhouette

By: Bruna, Denis(Edited by) Bard Graduate Center(Abridged by)

0300204272 / 9780300204278
Stock expected by 19/04/2020
28 cm 271 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
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Translated from the French Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name at the Bard Graduate Center, New York, 3rd April-26th July 2015.

A witty and stylish look into the mechanics employed by men and women to sculpt their figures for fashion This unique survey offers fascinating insights into the convoluted transformations employed by both men and women to accommodate the fickle dictates of fashion.

With high design, wit, and style, Fashioning the Body tracks the evolution of these sartorial devices-from panniers, crinolines, and push-up bras to chains, zippers, and clasps-concealed beneath outer layers in order to project idealized figures.

Women's corsets constricted waists; exaggerated buttocks and hips counterbalanced jutting bust lines; and chic, aerodynamic silhouettes compressed breasts and flattened bellies.

Yet masculine fashion has been no stranger to these tortuous practices.

Men flaunted their virility by artificially broadening their shoulders, applying padding to their chests, and slipping codpieces over their groins.

With more than 200 beautiful illustrations-including reproductions of superb historic advertisements-Denis Bruna reveals the industry and art of these contrivances meant to entice and beguile as well as assert status and power.

Contemporary haute-couture designers Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons, Christian Lacroix, and Vivienne Westwood are featured in this indiscreet tour of intimate fashion history.


AKTA Fashion design & theory, AKTH History of fashion

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