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The origins of the modern fashion show

Evans, Caroline (2010) The origins of the modern fashion show. In: The fashion history reader: Global perspectives. Routledge. ISBN 9780415493246, 9780415493239

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Evans, Caroline

Situating the fashion show in the context of modernism, my research links the first fashion shows to the development of early cinema and new forms of popular theatre. Drawing equally on economic, cultural and intellectual history, it explores the way modernist production was 'pictured' in fashion marketing, linking fashion modelling to Taylorism and Fordist aesthetics in the early Twentieth century.

The Fashion History Reader is an innovative work that provides a broad introduction to the complex literature in the fields of fashion studies, and dress and fashion history. A comprehensive resource for those who wish to further their engagement with fashion as a contemporary phenomenon, the book connects a diverse range of approaches and incorporates non-Western literature within better-known studies from Europe and North America. It identifies the history of fashion as a meeting point between the long-standing historical investigation of ‘dress’ and ‘costume’ and the more recent development of those sociological and anthropological-inspired studies that have come to be called ‘fashion theory’.

Twenty-three chapters and over forty shorter ‘Snapshot’ texts cover a wide range of topics and approaches within the history of fashion, ranging from object-based studies to theory-driven analyses. The book is divided into six parts, surveying some of the key themes in the history of fashion. Themes also move in and across time, providing a chronology to enable student learning:

Parts 1-3 cover the fifteenth to the eighteenth-century

Parts 4 and 5 cover the nineteenth-century to the contemporary (with particular attention given to non-European countries)

Part 6 provides a survey of the global setting and current globalised nature of fashion.

A comprehensive introduction by the editors will contextualise debates for students, synthesising past history and bringing them up-to-date through a discussion of globalisation. Each section also includes a short, accessible introduction by the editors, placing each chapter within the wider, thematic treatment of fashion and its history, and an Annotated Guide to Further Reading encourages students to enhance their learning independently.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: History of fashion, fashion theory
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Routledge
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 26 April 2010
Copyright Holders: Routledge
Related Websites: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415493246/, http://www.csm.arts.ac.uk/51662.htm
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Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 14:05
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2012 14:05
Item ID: 3292
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/3292

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