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Philosophical perspectives on fashion / edited by Giovanni Matteucci and Stefano Marino.

  • London, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017.
  • ©2017
viii, 199 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary note:
"Philosophical Perspectives on Fashion places philosophical approaches at the heart of contemporary fashion studies. Considering the mutual relationships between aesthetics, modern society and culture, fashion and the fine arts, and the way these relationships have influenced and shaped our views on identity and taste, this ground-breaking book also explores the various intellectual and cultural movements that inform how people dress. The leading fashion and philosophy scholars contributing to this volume refer to and apply theories posed by key thinkers of the modern and contemporary age, from Darwin and Wittgenstein to Husserl and Goodman, in order to answer questions such as: What is the essence of fashion and the reasons behind its fascination? What is 'anti-fashion'? What or who do we imitate when we 'follow' fashion? What is fashion criticism and what should it be? Anyone studying or interested in fashion or philosophy will find this book a rich source of ideas, insight and information. Philosophical Perspectives on Fashion is a valuable contribution to contemporary fashion theory, one that revitalises the way we look at the form, purpose and meaning of fashion"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Introduction: philosophical perpectives of fashion -- Philosophical accounts of fasion in the nineteenth and twentieth century: a historical reconstruction -- Fashion: a conceptual constellation -- Anti-fashion: if not fashion,then what? -- Fits of fashion: the somaesthetics of style -- On fashion criticism -- Thought withoutconcept: Carol Christian Poell's paradoxical aesthetics -- Caprices of fashion in culture and biology: Charles Darwin's aesthetics of "ornament" -- Fashionable proteus: essay on the eurphoria of fashion for fashion's sake in an age of shallowness -- The fascination of contingency: fashion and modern society.
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