Language of Fashion

ISBN-10: 1845203801
ISBN-13: 9781845203801
Edition: 2006
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Description: Roland Barthes, widely regarded as one of the most perceptive critics of the twentieth century, was fascinated by fashion and clothing. This collection brings together all of Barthes previously untranslated writings on fashion, revealing the breadth  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 4/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Roland Barthes, widely regarded as one of the most perceptive critics of the twentieth century, was fascinated by fashion and clothing. This collection brings together all of Barthes previously untranslated writings on fashion, revealing the breadth and insight of Barthes long engagement with the history of clothes. The essays range from an analysis of the significance of gemstones and jewelery, and an exploration of the contrasting styles of Courrges and Chanel, to a discussion of hippy style in Morocco, and the role of color in fashion.

Roland Barthes (1915-1980), a French critic and intellectual, was a seminal figure in late twentieth-century literary criticism. Barthes's primary theory is that language is not simply words, but a series of indicators of a given society's assumptions. He derived his critical method from structuralism, which studies the rules behind language, and semiotics, which analyzes culture through signs and holds that meaning results from social conventions. Barthes believed that such techniques permit the reader to participate in the work of art under study, rather than merely react to it. Barthes's first books, Writing Degree Zero (1953), and Mythologies (1957), introduced his ideas to a European audience. During the 1960s his work began to appear in the United States in translation and became a strong influence on a generation of American literary critics and theorists. Other important works by Barthes are Elements of Semiology (1968), Critical Essays (1972), The Pleasure of the Text (1973), and The Empire of Signs (1982). The Barthes Reader (1983), edited by Susan Sontag, contains a wide selection of the critic's work in English translation.

Michael Carter is Visiting Professor at the University of Hohenheim, Germany.

Contents
Preface
Clothing History
History and Sociology of Clothing. Some Methodological Observations
Language and Clothing
Towards A Sociology of Dress
Systems and Structures
Blue is in Fashion This Year
From Gemstones to Jewellery
Dandyism and Fashion
[An Early Preface to] The Fashion System
Fashion, A Strategy of Desire (round-table discussion with Jean Duvignaud and Henri Lefebvre)
Fashion and the Social Sciences (interview)
On The Fashion System (interview)
Fashion Debates and Interpretations
The Contest between Chanel and Courrges. Refereed by a Philosopher
A Case of Cultural Criticism
Showing How Rhetoric WorksClothes, Fashion and System in the writings of Roland Barthes: Something out of Nothing by Andy Stafford
Editors Note and Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Glossary of Names
Index

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