Berliner Chic : A Locational History of Berlin Fashion
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.
- Paperback | 232 pages
- 172.72 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 408.23g
- 15 Feb 2011
- Intellect Books
- Bristol, United Kingdom
- black & white illustrations, figures
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)"
About Susan Ingram
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."