Fashion is not just about a new pair of shoes or a fabulous outfit; garments and the act of dressing are rooted in culture, society, art, history. We as humans utilize clothing for protection, seduction, and personal pleasure. It serves as a form of self-expression, but also as a mirror to our daily lifestyle and changing world. I love to learn as much as I can about fashion’s far-reaching effects by reading tomes and textbooks that focus on fashion and its relation to other disciplines.
When I search for such a book, I look for a plethora of thought-provoking content based on fact and original ideas, coherent organization, and captivating photos. Since the demise of Borders, I am rarely able to see books in person and flip through to find out whether they’re worthwhile; I rely on Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature and a good deal of luck to find exceptional reads via the internet. The titles above are books I’ve had my eye on for awhile, and I’m anxious to pick one up sometime soon.
Have you enjoyed any of the books above? Or do you perhaps have similar suggestions? If so, let me know with a comment!
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Fashion and Art (Adam Geczy, Vicki Karaminas)
History of Beauty (Umberto Eco)
Fashion and Modernity (Christopher Breward, Caroline Evans)
Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed (Harold Koda)
Fashion: A Philosophy (Lars Svendsen)
Fashion and Psychoanalysis: Styling the Self (Alison Bancroft)
Identities Through Fashion: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Laura Bovone, Ana Marta Gonzalez)
Fashion (Christopher Breward)Continue reading