Fashion: A Very Short Introduction by Rebecca ArnoldFashion: A Very Short Introduction by Rebecca Arnold

Fashion: A Very Short Introduction

byRebecca Arnold

Paperback | November 15, 2009

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Fashion is a dynamic global industry that plays an important role in the economic, political, cultural, and social lives of an international audience. It spans high art and popular culture, and plays a significant role in material and visual culture. This book introduces fashion's myriadinfluences and manifestations. Fashion is explored as a creative force, a business, and a means of communication. From Karl Lagerfeld's creative reinventions of Chanel's iconic style to the multicultural reference points of Indian designer Manish Arora, from the spectacular fashion shows held innineteenth century department stores to the mix-and-match styles of Japanese youth, the book examines the ways that fashion both reflects and shapes contemporary culture. Using historical and contemporary examples, it gives a clear understanding of how fashion has developed since the renaissance,while raising questions about its status, ethical credibility, and influence on consumers.The book provides insight into the structure of the fashion industry and how fashions are designed, promoted and consumed, in relation to relevant historical, social and cultural contexts. It is structured thematically, to look at the role and development of designers, the growth of shopping and thedifferent businesses involved in making and selling fashionable clothes. Fashion's relationship to the wider culture is also explored, by considering its representation in art and collaborations between designers and artists, the moral controversies surrounding fashion, and attempts to produceethical clothing, and the effects of globalisation on the fashion trade.
Rebecca Arnold is a Research Fellow in the School of Humanities in the Department of History of Design at the Royal College of Art. She was Guest Professor at the Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University 2006-07. She has lectured internationally at a wide range of colleges including the Fashion Institute of Technology, New Y...
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Title:Fashion: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.01 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199547904

ISBN - 13:9780199547906

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Fashion?1. Designers2. Art3. Industry4. Shopping5. Ethics6. GlobalisationConclusion: The End of Fashion?ReferencesFurther reading