A Cultural History of Western Fashion: From Haute Couture to Virtual Couture (Paperback)

A Cultural History of Western Fashion: From Haute Couture to Virtual Couture By Bonnie English, Nazanin Hedayat Munroe Cover Image

A Cultural History of Western Fashion: From Haute Couture to Virtual Couture (Paperback)

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Just as the clothes we wear can communicate our personality and how we want to be perceived, so fashion can reflect the politics and preoccupations of the society that produced it.

A Cultural History of Western Fashion guides you through the relationships between haute couture and ready-to-wear designer fashions, popular culture, big business, high-tech production, as well as traditional and social media. Exploring fashion's interdisciplinary nature, English and Munroe also highlight the parallel evolution of clothing design and the other visual arts over the last 150 years.

This new edition includes expanded coverage of the build up to the First World War and brings this classic text up to date. There is also a new chapter on smart textiles and technology, exploring the work of Hussein Chalayan and Iris Van Herpen among others, and expanded coverage of the role of sustainability in the contemporary fashion industry, including biosynthetic textile production and Stella McCartney's use of vegan leather.
Bonnie English was Associate Professor in Art History & Theory at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Nazanin Hedayat Munroe is Director of Textiles and Assistant Professor of Business & Technology of Fashion at the NYC College of Technology - CUNY, where she lectures on textiles, historic dress, and contemporary issues in the fashion industry. A former Educator at the Metropolitan Museum, Nazanin is also a nationally acclaimed textile artist.

Product Details ISBN: 9781350150898
ISBN-10: 1350150894
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: April 21st, 2022
Pages: 296
Language: English