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Fashion A Philosophy

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ISBN-10: 1861892918

ISBN-13: 9781861892911

Edition: 2006

Authors: Lars Svendsen, John Irons

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Fashion is at once a familiar yet mysteriously elite world that we all experience, whether we're buying a new pair of jeans, reading "Vogue," or watching the latest episode of "Project Runway," Lars Svendsen dives into that world in "Fashion," exploring the myths, ideas, and history that make up haute couture, the must-have trends over the centuries, and the very concept of fashion itself. "Fashion "opens with an exploration of all the possible meanings encompassed by the word " fashion, " as Svendsen probes its elusive place in art, politics, and history. Ultimately, however, he focuses on the most common use of the term: clothing. With his trademark dry wit, he deftly dismantles many of the axioms of the industry and its supporters. For example, he points out that some of the latest fashions shown on runways aren't actually " fashionable" in any sense of the word, arguing that they're more akin to modern art works, and he argues against the increasingly prevalent idea that plastic surgery and body modification are part of a new wave of consumerism. Svendsen draws upon the writings of thinkers from Adam Smith to Roland Barthes to analyze fashion as both a historical phenomenon and a philosophy of aesthetics. He also traces the connections between the concepts of fashion and modernity and ultimately considers the importance of evolving fashions to such fields as art, politics, and philosophy. Whether critiquing a relentless media culture that promotes perfect bodies or parsing the never-ending debate over the merits of conformity versus individual style, Lars Svendsen offers an engaging and intriguing analysis of fashion and themotivations behind its constant pursuit of the new.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 10/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 188
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Alex Zucker's translation of Jachym Topol's City Sister Silver (2000) was selected for inclusion in the 2006 guide 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. He lives in Brooklyn.Lars Svendsen is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is the author of several books, including A Philosophy of Boredom (2004), Fashion: A Philosophy (2006), A Philosophy of Fear (2008), Work (2008), and A Philosophy of Evil (2010). His books have been translated to 22 languages.

Introduction - A Philosophy of Fashion?
The Principle of Fashion - The New
The Origins and Spread of Fashion
Fashion and Language
Fashion and the Body
Fashion and Art
Fashion and Consumption
Fashion as an Ideal in Life