Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed

Paperback | February 9, 2004

byHarold Koda

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Over time and across cultures, shifting concepts of beauty have given rise to extraordinary fashions that constrict, enhance, minimize, or exaggerate various zones of the human body. This stimulating book displays and discusses an array of such extreme fashion practices, from the bound feet of aristocratic Manchu women to the tea-tray supporting bustle of an 1880s French visiting dress.

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Over time and across cultures, shifting concepts of beauty have given rise to extraordinary fashions that constrict, enhance, minimize, or exaggerate various zones of the human body. This stimulating book displays and discusses an array of such extreme fashion practices, from the bound feet of aristocratic Manchu women to the tea-tray ...

Harold Koda is Curator of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 12 × 9 × 0.68 inPublished:February 9, 2004Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300103123

ISBN - 13:9780300103120

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"A landmark study of human customs and foibles in remarkable photos and intriguing text that show us what is and has been 'in' around the world."