Twentieth century American fashion

Author: Linda Welters
Publisher: Berg Publishers
ISBN: 9781845200732
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Americans began the twentieth century standing in Europe's sartorial shadow, yet ended by outfitting the world in blue jeans, T-shirts and sneakers. How did this come about? What changes in American culture were reflected in fashion? What role did popular culture play? This important overview of American fashion in the twentieth century considers how Americans went from imitating British and French fashion to developing their own sense of style. It examines such influences on dress as class, jazz and hip hop, war, the space race, movies, television and sports. Further, the book shows how gender, psychology, advertising, public policy, shifting family values, the American design movement and expertise in mass production profoundly influenced an American style that has been exported across the globe.

Fashion and Fiction

Author: Lauren S. Cardon
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813938635
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During the twentieth century, the rise of the concept of Americanization—shedding ethnic origins and signs of "otherness" to embrace a constructed American identity—was accompanied by a rhetoric of personal transformation that would ultimately characterize the American Dream. The theme of self-transformation has remained a central cultural narrative in American literary, political, and sociological texts ranging from Jamestown narratives to immigrant memoirs, from slave narratives to Gone with the Wind, and from the rags-to-riches stories of Horatio Alger to the writings of Barack Obama. Such rhetoric feeds American myths of progress, upward mobility, and personal reinvention. In Fashion and Fiction, Lauren S. Cardon draws a correlation between the American fashion industry and early twentieth-century literature. As American fashion diverged from a class-conscious industry governed by Parisian designers to become more commercial and democratic, she argues, fashion designers and journalists began appropriating the same themes of self-transformation to market new fashion trends. Cardon illustrates how canonical twentieth-century American writers, including Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Nella Larsen, symbolically used clothing to develop their characters and their narrative of upward mobility. As the industry evolved, Cardon shows, the characters in these texts increasingly enjoyed opportunities for individual expression and identity construction, allowing for temporary performances that offered not escapism but a testing of alternate identities in a quest for self-discovery.

As Seen in Vogue

Author: Daniel Delis Hill
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
ISBN: 9780896726161
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Looks at the history of women's fashion advertising in Vogue magazine from the 1890s to the 1990s.

A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Author: Bonnie English
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0857851365
Format: PDF
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This new edition of a bestselling textbook is designed for students, scholars, and anyone interested in 20th century fashion history. Accessibly written and well illustrated, the book outlines the social and cultural history of fashion thematically, and contains a wide range of global case studies on key designers, styles, movements and events. The new edition has been revised and expanded: there are new sections on eco-fashion, fashion and the museum, major changes in the fashion market in the 21st century (including the impact of new media and retailing networks), new technologies, fashion weeks, the rise of asian fashion centers and more. There are twice as many illustrations. In its second edition, A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries is the ideal introductory text for all students of fashion.

In an Influential Fashion

Author: Ann T. Kellogg
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313312205
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From Abercrombie & Fitch to Ladicorbic Zoran, an encyclopedia of the people and organizations around the world that have left the greatest mark on American fashion. Entries include relevant dates, places, and awards as well as a summary of the designer or retailer's societal, economic, or political

A Cultural History of Fashion in the Twentieth Century

Author: Bonnie English
Publisher: Berg Pub Limited
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The 20th Century saw the effective end of haute couture, the rise of prêt à porter and, finally, the triumph of street fashion. Bonnie English unravels the complexities and contradictions behind these changes to chart the history of modern fashion. What caused the demise of haute couture in the 20th century? What does the "democratisation" of fashion actually mean? Which key designers bridged the gap between "couture," with its associations of elite class and taste, and "street style," a product of tribalism and of popular culture and protest? If fashion imitates art and art imitates life, does life imitate fashion--do we wear the clothes or do the clothes wear us? Setting fashion within its social, cultural and artistic context, this book presents an engaging history of the interplay between commerce and culture, technology and aesthetics, popular culture and pastiche, and fashion and anti-fashion.

Fashion

Author: François Baudot
Publisher: Universe Pub
ISBN: 9780789313973
Format: PDF
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Explores the history of women's and men's fashion in the twentieth century, offering information on important designers and styles.

Icons of Fashion

Author: Gerda Buxbaum
Publisher: Prestel Pub
ISBN: 9783791321615
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Elegant and daring 20th-century fashion history has been organized into stylistic periods featuring top design collections and fashion celebrities. 500 illustrations, 300 in full color.

Disappearing Witness

Author: Gretchen Garner
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801871672
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A sweeping retrospective of American photography in the twentieth century features 125 works covering the field from the introduction of the 35-millimeter camera to the digital technology currently dominating the market. (Fine Arts)