The hundred years of fashion from the 1860s to the 1970s was a time when a succession of haute couture designers—most notably, Charles Worth, Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent—were the arbiters of fashion, and their creations the weapon of choice for power-seeking members of the aristocracy and upper class. Fashioning Society explores the ways in which high-fashion designers and their maisons influenced—and were influenced by—the fine arts as well as sociological, technological, philosophical, and political developments. By addressing the question, "What has happened to high-fashion design?" the author discusses what readers should consider when trying to understand and predict long-term trends.
"Looking Forward Looking Back" looks at how motives that shaped the relationship between high fashion and society in the past continue to interact and relate with each other today
End-of-chapter features containing excerpts from articles from both the past and present, discussing the main themes of the chapters and the role of high fashion
16-page color insert illustrating designs and styles discussed, providing an overview of history's arc and the connections between the seemingly disparate periods involved
A timeline providing a chronological framework of events and trends that shaped high fashion and society
Modernity Rising: The Age of Worth
An Empire of Fashion
Revolution in the Air
Into a New Century: Backward, Forward, and Sideways
The Fading of Europe: The American Age Begins
The Ground Shifts
Turning to Youth
The Flesh Failures (Let the Sun Shine In)
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
High Fashion Becomes Art
The "End of History" That Wasn't
The End of Century That Wasn't
We Are Caught: Trendspotting in the Early Twenty-First Century
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, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Textiles Fashion Merchandising and Design at the University of Rhode Island and has been a designer, artist, and teacher for over 20 years in apparel, theater, film and digital media. He received his PhD in Anthropology and Material Culture from Boston University, University Professors Program, where his dissertation on women's national dress practices in Iceland was awarded the University Professor's Edmonds Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation of the Academic Year 2010-2011. Aspelund's research interests are in the field of apparel design and personal and national identity creation.