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Colors in Fashion

eBook

Jonathan Faiers and Mary Westerman Bulgarella (eds)


ISBN:
978-1-4742-7370-1 (online)
978-1-4742-7368-8 (hardback)
978-1-3500-7740-9 (paperback)
978-1-4742-7369-5 (epdf)
Published:
2018
DOI:
10.5040/9781474273701
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Abstract

Color speaks a powerful cultural language, conveying political, sexual, and economic messages that, throughout history, have revealed how we relate to ourselves and our world. This ground-breaking compilation is the first to investigate how color in fashionable and ceremonial dress has played a significant social role, indicating acceptance and exclusion, convention and subversion.

From white used for pioneering feminism to the penchant for black in post-war France, and from mystical scarlet broadcloth to the horrors of arsenic-laden green fashion, this publication demonstrates that color in dress is never straightforward and is as mutable, nuanced, and varied as color itself. Divided into four thematic parts – solidarity, power, innovation, and desire – each section highlights the often violent, emotional histories of color in dress across geographical, temporal and cultural boundaries. Underlying today’s relaxed attitude to color lies a chromatic complexity that speaks of wars, migrations and economics.

While acknowledging the importance that technology has played in the development of new dyes, the chapters explore color as a catalyst for technical innovation that continues to inspire designers, artists, and performers. Bringing together cutting-edge contributions from leading scholars, it is essential reading for academics of fashion, textiles, design, cultural studies and art history.


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