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Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette (Hardback)

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ISBN 10: 0300204272 / ISBN 13: 9780300204278
Edité par Yale University Press, United States, 2015
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780300204278

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Titre : Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of ...

Éditeur : Yale University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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This unique, erudite and entertaining book offers fascinating insights into the tortuous transformations employed by both men and women to sculpt their figures and accommodate the ever-shifting dictates of fashion. With high design, wit and style, Shaping the Body tracks the evolution of these sartorial devices - from panniers, crinolines, stomachers, bustles, body shapers, and push-up bras to whalebone, hoopskirts, lacing, chains, zippers, clasps and elasticized fabrics - concealed beneath outer layers in order to achieve the most coveted shapes of the day. Women's corsets have, at various times, constricted waists; exaggerated buttocks and hips to counterbalance jutting bust lines; or compressed breasts and flattened bellies into an aerodynamic silhouette. Yet men's fashion is no stranger to these practices. Men flaunted their virility by artificially broadening their shoulders, applying padding to their chests and calves, and slipping codpieces over their groins. With more than 200 beautiful illustrations - ranging from historic advertisements to superb new photography - the contributors reveal the industry and art of these contrivances intended to entice and beguile, as well as assert status and power, through deceptive invention. Contemporary designers including Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo, Christian Lacroix, and Vivienne Westwood are featured in this indiscreet tour behind the seams of fashion history.

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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. This book accompanies an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center, New York, from 3 April until 26 July, 2015.

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