Fashion, Desire and Anxiety: Image and Morality in the 20th Century

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Rutgers University Press, 2001 - 144 sivua
Fashion, and the glossy magazines it inhabits, allow Western culture to dream. It permits a person to fantasize and to experiment with new identities. It flaunts glamour and success. Appearance becomes something to be perfected and admired.

These dreams and freedoms, Rebecca Arnold proposes, are contradictory. Fashion and its surrounding imagery elicit fear and anxiety in their consumers as well as pleasure. Fashion has come to incorporate the underside of modern life, with violence and decay becoming a dominant theme in clothing design and photography.

Arnold draws on diverse written sources to explore the complex nature of modern fashion. She discusses a range of key themes: how fashion uses and abuses the power of wealth; the alienating promotion of "good" taste; the power plays of sex and display; and how identities can be blurred to disguise and confuse. In order to unravel the contradictory emotions of desire and anxiety they provoke, she never loses sight of the historical and cultural contexts in which fashion designers and photographers perform.

Generously illustrated, Fashion, Desire and Anxiety focuses on the last thirty years, from photographic works of the 1970s to the beginning of the twenty-first century.

 

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Gucci loafers belt and keyrings 1987
9
Cruelty and Power
12
sions for many of these photographs My thanks also to all the photographers who have
16
Eco
26
Gangstas
40
Decadence and Decay
55
Eroticism
71
Flesh
89
New Woman
102
Katherine Hamnett Power Dressing collection springsummer 1986
106
Blumarine autumnwinter 19945
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John Galliano springsummer 1992
110
George Bryan Beau Brummell 1805
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Vivienne Westwood Pirates collection London Worlds End 1980
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Unisex
118
Gucci autumnwinter 19967
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Comme des Garçons springsummer 1997
94
Rifat Ozbek springsummer 1993
97
Warehouse pedalpushers Rebecca Moses cashmere vest Gina couture sandals 1998
100
Conclusion
125
Filmography
139
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