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    Wear and tear

    Leslie, Esther (2005) Wear and tear. In: Evans, C. and Breward, C. (eds.) Fashion and Modernity. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781845200282.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: If fashion is an expression of individuality, why do we all dress alike? Can modernity be described as the experience of 'feeling modern' and, if so, what part does fashion play? Answering these intriguing questions and many more, this pioneering book shows how the concepts of fashion and modernity are intimately linked. It argues that capitalism and identity construction as social processes both have symbiotic relationships with the fashion system. Technology, the body, nationality and gender are informed and shaped by modernity, and vice versa. Drawing on key modernist texts as well as fashion theory and practice, this book seeks broadly to cover the history of fashion and modernity, a topic that has been surprisingly overlooked. Tackling themes including court masques in seventeenth-century London, Paris couturiers and forensic laboratories in twentieth-century Washington, the authors show how fashion throughout history has been a cornerstone in the construction of a modern self.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 16:23
    Last Modified: 26 Jun 2018 16:23
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/22937

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