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Benjamin, Walter

Ulrich Lehmann

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Benjamin’s significance for the interpretation of fashion resides in his unfinished chef-d’œuvre, Das Passagenwerk. A vast array of fragments, excerpts, aphorisms, quotations, metaphysical musings, and sociopolitical observations constitute the material for this book on Paris in the nineteenth century, the “pre-history of modernity,” as Adorno called it. Fashion, both as an economic force and a visual signifier, is one of the most important features of The Arcades Project. Benjamin collected some

Music and Dress

Else Skjold

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Music and dress have played a significant role in the civilization process in West Europe. Both being aesthetic fields meant to be performed and put into play by human gesture, they have proved to be efficient tools for cultivating the movements, postures, and gestures of the body. The material, cut, and shape of dress have manipulated the body to move in certain ways, as have rhythms and expressions in music. Significant for West Europe has been a duality between spirit and body, causing a divis

Tigersprung: Fashioning History

Ulrich Lehmann

Source: Classic and Modern Writings on Fashion 2nd Edition 2009

Book chapter

The tiger walked humanly enough on its two hind legs; it wore the suit of a dandy in the most refined elegance, and this suit was so perfectly tailored that it was difficult to distinguish the body of the animal underneath the flared grey trousers, the waistcoat embroidered with flowers, the brilliant white jabot with pleats beyond reproach and the morning coat fitted by a master's hand.

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