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Donatella Versace and Jean-Paul Gaultier- Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani- Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci: fashion is at once a familiar yet mysteriously elite world that we all experience- whether were buying a new pair of jeans- reading Vogue- or watching the latest episode of Americas Next Top Model. Lars Svendsen dives into this world in Fashion: A Philosophy- exploring the myths- ideas- and history that makes up haute couture- the must-have trends over the centuries- and the very concept of fashion itself. Fashion opens with an exploration of all the possible meanings encompassed by the word fashion- as Svendsen probes its elusive place in art- politics- and history. Ultimately- however- he focuses on the most notable type of fashion: clothing. With his trademark dry wit- he deftly dismantles many of the axioms of the industry and its supporters. For example- he points out that some of the latest fashions shown on catwalks arent actually fashionable in any sense of the word- arguing that theyre more akin to modern art works- and he argues against the increasingly popular idea that plastic surgery and body modification are part of a new wave of consumerism.Svendsen draws upon the writings of thinkers from Adam Smith to Roland Barthes to analyse fashion as both a historical phenomenon and a philosophy of aesthetics. Whether critiquing a relentless media culture that promotes perfect bodies or parsing the never-ending debate over the merits of conformity versus individual style- Lars Svendsen offers an engaging and intriguing analysis of fashion and the motiva...
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