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Fashioning Society: A Hundred Years of Haute Couture by Six Designers

Karl Aspelund

The hundred years of fashion from the 1860s to the 1970s was a time when a succession of haute couture designers-most notably, Charles Worth, Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent-were the arbiters of fashion, and their creations the weapon of choice for power-seeking members of the aristocracy and upper class. Fashioning Society explores the ways in which high-fashion designers and their maisons influenced-and were influenced by-the fine arts as well as sociological, technological, philosophical, and political developments. By addressing the question, "What has happened to high-fashion design?" the author discusses what readers should consider when trying to understand and predict long-term trends.
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Book Details

  • Publisher: Fairchild Books & Visuals
  • Publish Date: May 4th, 2009
  • Pages: 380
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.10in - 7.40in - 0.90in - 1.60lb
  • EAN: 9781563675973
  • Categories: Industries - RetailingFashion & Accessories

About the Author

Aspelund, Karl: - Karl Aspelund, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design at the University of Rhode Island, and Visiting Associate Professor in Ethnography and Museum Studies at the University of Iceland. He has been a designer, artist, and teacher for over 35 years in apparel, theater, film, exhibits, public art, digital media, and more. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Material Culture from Boston University, where his dissertation was awarded the University Professor's Edmonds Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation of the Academic Year 2010-2011. A volume of essays on Icelandic culture-creation he co-authored and co-edited was nominated for the 2017 Icelandic Publishers' Association's Literary Prize for Academic Work. Dr. Aspelund's research interests are in the field of design theory, and personal and social identity creation through apparel.