Chic Thrills: A Fashion Reader (1993)

By: Juliet Ash and Elizabeth Wilson, ed.

Designed to be as internationally relevant as the fashion it discusses, Chic Thrills extends fashion theory beyond the interpretation of style, and shows how it relates to the economic realities and motivations of those who create the clothing we buy and wear. Among the issues the contributors address are: Feminism and the politics of fashion * The relationship of non-European cultures to Western fashion * Fashion and the negotiation of identity * Recent trends in fashion photography and the media representation of fashion * Industrial conditions, production constraints and the relationship of garment workers to the clothes they make * Playing with a different sex: fashion and the lesbian couple * Fascism and fashion: Paris haute couture under Nazi occupation * Fashion and the postmodern body.

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Edition 1st California paperback printing
Place Berkeley
Publisher University of California Press
Date 1993
# Of Pages 250
ISBN 978-0-520-08339-4

About the author

About the author

Juliet Ash is a lecturer in Fashion Design History and Theory at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication. She was co-editor of ZG magazine, and has contributed articles on aspects of fashion design to a number of books. She was co-editor of Components of Dress.

Elizabeth Wilson is the author of a number of books, including Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity (1988)m and The Sphinx in the City (1991); and with Lou Taylor she co-authored the book of the BBC 2 fashion history series Through the Looking Glass. She was a founder member of the editorial collective of Feminist Review, and is currently a member of the New Left Review editorial board. She has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, and has broadcast on British, Danish and Australian television. She is Professor of Social Studies at the Polytechnic of North London.

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