Adorned in Dreams Fashion and Modernity

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/19/2013
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Ltd

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When Adorned in Dreams was first published in 1985, Angela Carter described the book as 'the best I have read on the subject, bar none.' Elizabeth Wilson traces the social and cultural history of fashion and its complex relationship to modernity. Wilson delights in the power of fashion to mark out identity or to subvert it and this brand new edition of her book follows recent developments to bring the story of fashionable dress up to date, exploring the grunge look inspired by bands like Nirvana, the 'boho chic' of the mid 90's, retro-dressing and the meanings of dress from the veil to Beck's pink-varnished toenails.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Wilson is Emeritus Professor at London Metropolitan University and also teaches at the Architectural Association, the London Institute and Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her books include 'Bohemians' (I.B.Tauris), 'Hallucinations: Life in the Post-modern City' and 'The Sphinx in the City'.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The History of Fashionp. 16
Explaining It Awayp. 47
The Fashion Industryp. 67
Fashion and Eroticismp. 91
Gender and Identityp. 117
Fashion and City Lifep. 134
Fashion and Popular Culturep. 155
Oppositional Dressp. 179
Utopian Dress and Dress Reformp. 208
Feminism and Fashionp. 228
Changing Times/Altered Statesp. 248
Referencesp. 278
Bibliographyp. 302
Indexp. 315
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