Paris Fashion

Paris Fashion : A Cultural History

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This book is not just a history of 'haut couture', but a penetrating social history of French life and art. It takes a literary approach to the subject, with chapters on Baudelaire's dandy, on the role of fashion in the novels of Balzac and Proust; and the relationship between fashion illustration and avant-garde painting. It looks at fashion today, concentrating particularly on the question of whether women designers create styles that are more liberating for their female customers than those produced by their male counterparts and includes portraits of the lives of ten milliners and seamstresses that provides an insight into 19th-century working conditions. Readership: people interested in fashion: social historians; historians of more

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 182.88 x 248.92 x 30.48mm | 929.86g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • frontispiece, 4 pp colour plates, 80 halftones
  • 0195044657
  • 9780195044652

About Valerie Steele

About the Author Valerie Steele received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University, and teaches in the division of graduate studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY).show more

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