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    Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (Hardback) By (author) Harold Koda, By (author) Andrew Bolton

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    DescriptionFrom Wonder Woman's satin stars and golden bracelets to Batman's brooding cape and mask, the style of superheroes' dress has influenced both street wear and high fashion. This richly illustrated book explores how radical couture, avant-garde sportswear, and state-of-the-art military garments - as seen through the lens of the superhero - can be metaphors for sex, power, and politics. Beginning with the origins of the superhero costume, this volume looks at how designers have been influenced by iconographic components such as the cape, mask, boots, and unitard. Costumes, such as those worn by Batman and Catwoman, are examined as reflections of sexual and physical prowess, while others, most notably those of Superman and Captain America, are analyzed as political propaganda."Superheroes" also explores superpowers and their manifestations in literal, symbolic, or metaphorical aspects: Flash's speed, Iron Man's invulnerability, Hulk's strength, and Spiderman's agility are presented in their fantastical evocations. The featured designers include Pierre Cardin, John Galliano, Azzedine Alaia, Giorgio Armani, Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garcons, and Walter van Beirendonck.

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    Fashion and Fantasy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Harold Koda, By (author) Andrew Bolton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 248 mm
    Height: 305 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 1,293 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300136708
    ISBN 10: 0300136706

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AGC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JFCK
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15800
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: I-AT
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    B&T Approval Code: A97603600
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A31225000
    BISAC V2.8: DES005000
    B&T Approval Code: A33801500
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: DES013000
    DC22: 746.9/20747471, 746.92074747
    LC classification: TT502 .B54 2008
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 746.920747471
    Thema V1.0: JBCC3, AGC
    Illustrations note
    200 colour illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    28 June 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Harold Koda is Curator in Charge and Andrew Bolton is Curator, both at The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They are coauthors of Chanel (2005), Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (2006), and Poiret (2007).