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  • ISBN: 9780253335876
  • ISBN10: 0253335876

Nothing in Itself Complexions of Fashion

by Herbert Blau

  • List Price: $49.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 09/01/1999
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"Blau has documented in print a lifetime of thoughts, analyses, and critiques on themysteries of fashion. For him, fashion illustrates many paradoxes of the human condition, e.g.,constantly changing yet eternal, frivolous yet profound, moral and seductive, personal yetcollective, politically democratic yet pluralistically tyrannical. Fashion success leads to itsdoom. This brief, thought-provoking gathering of personal musings speculates on such topics asmetaphysics of the hemlines, ephemerality of appearances, allegory of the corset, theories ofrepetition, class-gender relations, and multiculturalism-all of which are reflected inwhat and why people wear clothing. Blau's view of culture may stem from years of working on theaterproductions, which in themselves seem to share some of the same oxymorons as fashion. Like manyartists who know but break traditional rules, Blau reflects in readable prose an expansive mind notalways confined by Western logic or grammatical restrictions. His extensive footnotes reveal a wide,interdisciplinary exposure to history, literature, the arts, sociology, andanthropology-references from the Middle Ages to yesterday. For Blau, fashion is nothing initself yet everything in itself. Even the black-and-white photo captions philosophize.Upper-division undergraduates and above." -B. B. Chico, Regis University, Choice, May2000
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