Philosophical Perspectives on Fashion
Giovanni Matteucci and Stefano Marino (eds)
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.
In the context of the most recent debates, 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, philosophy or art will find this book a rich source of ideas, insight and information. Philosophical Perspectives on Fashion is a valuable contribution to contemporary fashion theory and aesthetics, one that revitalizes the way we look at the form, purpose and meaning of fashion and aesthetic experience.
Table of contents
- Introduction: Philosophical Perspectives on Fashion pp. 1–10
- Philosophical Accounts of Fashion in The Nineteenth and Twentieth Century: A Historical Reconstruction pp. 11–46
- Fashion: A Conceptual Constellation pp. 47–72
- Anti-Fashion: If not Fashion, Then What? pp. 73–90
- Fits of Fashion: The Somaesthetics of Style pp. 91–106
- On Fashion Criticism pp. 107–118
- Thought Without Concept: Carol Christian Poell’s Paradoxical Aesthetics pp. 119–136
- Caprices of Fashion in Culture and Biology: Charles Darwin’s Aesthetics of “Ornament” pp. 137–150
- Fashionable Proteus: Essay on The Euphoria of Fashion for Fashion’s Sake in an Age of Shallowness pp. 151–174
- The Fascination of Contingency: Fashion and Modern Society pp. 175–190