Twentieth Century American Fashion

Author: Linda Welters
Publisher: Berg Pub Limited
ISBN:
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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.

Twentieth Century American Fashion

Author: Linda Welters
Publisher: Berg Publishers
ISBN: 9781845200732
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

History of 20th Century Fashion

Author: Elizabeth Ewing
Publisher: Quite Specific Media Group Limited
ISBN: 9780896762381
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Heavily illustrated revised 4th edition of standard reference.

A Cultural History of Fashion in the Twentieth Century

Author: Bonnie English
Publisher: Berg Pub Limited
ISBN:
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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
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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.

As Seen in Vogue

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

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

Men s Fashion in the Twentieth Century

Author: Maria Costantino
Publisher: Batsford
ISBN:
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Traces the evolution of men's clothes from the conventions laid down by the Victorians to the textile developments that determine fashion today.

Fashion Desire and Anxiety

Author: Rebecca Arnold
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813529042
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Fashion, and the glossy magazines it inhabits, allow Western culture to dream. It permits a person to fantasize and to experiment with new identities. It flaunts glamour and success. Appearance becomes something to be perfected and admired. These dreams and freedoms, Rebecca Arnold proposes, are contradictory. Fashion and its surrounding imagery elicit fear and anxiety in their consumers as well as pleasure. Fashion has come to incorporate the underside of modern life, with violence and decay becoming a dominant theme in clothing design and photography. Arnold draws on diverse written sources to explore the complex nature of modern fashion. She discusses a range of key themes: how fashion uses and abuses the power of wealth; the alienating promotion of "good" taste; the power plays of sex and display; and how identities can be blurred to disguise and confuse. In order to unravel the contradictory emotions of desire and anxiety they provoke, she never loses sight of the historical and cultural contexts in which fashion designers and photographers perform. Generously illustrated, Fashion, Desire and Anxiety focuses on the last thirty years, from photographic works of the 1970s to the beginning of the twenty-first century.