On Human Finery

On Human Finery

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Looks at why people wear the clothes that they do and what makes fashion change. The book is a personal view of fashion over the centuries, confounding established theories, and interspersed with anecdote. Other work by the author includes "The Schools of Design" and "Victorian Artists".show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 134.62 x 213.36 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0749000945
  • 9780749000943

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In grave and formal prose, this is a mock-serious consideration of fashion which draws on Veblen's The Theory of the Leisure Class to base the mutations of finery on his tenets of Conspicuous Consumption and Conspicuous Waste, and- making more freely with V??blen- Conspicuous Leisure and Conspicuous Outrage. In contrast with the Orient where the mode in dress is timeless and changeless, Bell inquires here into the factors of trends, influences (those of the revolutions of 1642 and 1749), the survival of archaic forms particularly in the Army and the Church, the break with Veblen's sumptuosity in the 20's with the emaniopation of women and the abandonment of stays, and in closing, two cardinal points of disagreement with Veblen.... (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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2 17% (2)
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