Don't forget! Interesting stuff happening on a specific date on the calendar below this is just filler text to get the idea across. Examining the relationship between genders as represented through clothing from Medieval times to the s, Sex and Suits by Anne Hollander has become a classic within the field of fashion studies. Though written two decades ago in , the book is still extremely relevant today—so much so that Bloomsbury recently reprinted the volume with a fresh, new cover art. In fact, as gender fluidity has been more openly discussed in the current social climate the text is possibly more relevant than ever. I do not personally have any formal training in fashion studies so all the knowledge I have about fashion history and culture is from reading as many books as I can. Unfortunately this can prove to be its own challenge as searching for fashion books commonly results in either history textbooks or fluffy books on how to find your personal style. Indeed, as fashion historian Christopher Breward has famously written, there is a divide between theory and practice within fashion studies literature. Hollander is truly a gifted essayist but the volume definitely took a good deal of concerted effort to sit down and read. Bridging material culture, cultural history and costume history, however, Sex and Suits stands as a great entry point into the world of fashion studies.
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The Evolution of Modern Dress
Qty : Please note there is a week delivery period for this title. Since the dawn of western fashion in the Middle Ages, women's dress has never stopped evolving, yet menswear has seen far fewer style revolutions. At the centre of the male wardrobe is the suit: relatively unchanged since the 17th century, its cut and cloth suggest athleticism, seriousness, sexuality and strength — qualities which contrasted with the perceived superficiality and frivolity of female dress, and eventually led to the adoption of the suit into the female wardrobe where it remains to this day. In Sex and Suits brilliant essayist and art critic Anne Hollander charts the development of men's and women's fashion from their divergence in the medieval period to their convergence through to the late 20th century. Challenging the idea that the suit's success is merely down to its practicality, this trailblazing book argues that men have been fashion's true style-setters and that as women's fashion has taken on elements of men's style through tailoring, so men have reclaimed the embellishment and colour of past eras. First published in to great acclaim, this classic text is as fresh and provocative as ever and remains a must-read for students, scholars and anyone fascinated by the history of fashion and gender. List of Illustrations 1. She maintains a rich cultural context while pondering the interplay between sex and the imagination, idealized gender roles and clothing, fashion's unreliability and irony, and the crucial roles the printing press and camera have played in Western fashion's global dominance. What is the T-shirt but male underwear with an imprinted motto, a provisional tattoo? Nussbaum, Philosophical Interventions.
The suit fetish…
Imagine a time where suits and ties, dresses and heels, hats, bags, and business fashion were simply a normal sight for men and women everywhere. In a post-millennium era where fashion seems to be on yet another cusp of recycling something old and presenting it as something new, women say that suits are sexy and make men more desirable to them. In a recent Facebook poll, women were asked what type of fashion they prefer on their men. In an almost landslide, almost all participants said they desperately prefer a man in a well-tailored suit as opposed to any casual look. It seems that a suit does more for a man according to women than just making him look like a corporate prototype in the mill of business clones. Many women say that a suit promotes power and prestige.
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