Berliner Chic

Berliner Chic : A Locational History of Berlin Fashion

By (author) Susan Ingram , By (author) Katrina Sark

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Since becoming the capital of reunited Germany, Berlin has had a dose of global money and international style added to its already impressive cultural veneer. Once home to emperors and dictators, peddlers and spies, it is now a fashion showplace that attracts the young and hip. Moving beyond descriptions of Berlin's fashion industry and its ready-to-wear clothing, "Berliner Chic" charts the turbulent stories of entrepreneurially-savvy manufacturers and cultural workers striving to establish their city as a fashion capital, and being repeatedly interrupted by politics, ideology, and war. There are many stories to tell about Berlin's fashion industry and "Berliner Chic" tells them all with considerable expertise.

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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 172.72 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 408.23g
  • 15 Feb 2011
  • Intellect Books
  • Bristol
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, figures
  • 184150369X
  • 9781841503691
  • 1,022,119

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Susan Ingram is associate professor and coordinator of European Studies at York University. Katrina Sark is a PhD student in the Department of German Studies atMcGill University."

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"While German literary scholars and costume historians have produced numerous fascinating studies on the topic, fashion buffs outside of the German-speaking realm have rarely paid attention to Berlin as a center of fashion. Ingram and Sark's book is thus filling an important gap in our awareness of fashion in Berlin as a major aesthetic and sociopolitical phenomenon of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In its scope and ambition, this is a pioneering study with a comprehensive approach to the various aspects of public life that have constituted historically Berlin's distinctive position on the international fashion scene. "Berliner Chic" offers a wealth of theoretical references, a historical framework, and a rich bibliography, as well as plenty of charming anecdotes, engaging stories, and ample photographs. One can imagine the reader packing this book before a trip to Berlin and using it as an alternative travel guide."--Mila Ganeva"Worn Through" (06/01/2011)

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