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Carnival to Catwalk: Global Reflections on Fancy Dress Costume

Carnival to Catwalk: Global Reflections on Fancy Dress Costume

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Author: Benjamin Linley Wild

Brand: Bloomsbury Visual Arts

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 208

Release Date: 06-02-2020

Details: Product Description From West African masquerades to Venetian carnivals and New York society galas, fancy dress has long been used to convey important social and political messages. The only form of clothing that all people, regardless of gender, race, class or sexuality are likely to wear at some point in their lives, fancy dress is a symbol of both escapism and protest; it stands for a vision of fantasy and fun, while also confronting the reality of cultural stereotypes. Exploring all the allure, playfulness and daring of dressing up, Carnival to Catwalk takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the global history of fancy dress. Drawing on a treasure-trove of textual and visual resources, the book encompasses Halloween festivities and transvestite clubs, Mardi Gras parades and gatherings at Versailles, revealing how fancy dress has long been used to celebrate as well as to disguise individual identity. Vividly chronicling evidence from the Middle Ages to the modern day, fashion historian Benjamin Linley Wild throws open the historical dressing-up box and demonstrates the enduring appeal of fancy dress, as it becomes an increasingly central part of modern couture and clothing design. Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, Carnival to Catwalk is a remarkable resource for scholars, students and costume enthusiasts alike. Review "... An eloquent overview of a topic that is all too often overlooked in fashion studies. Wild provides thoughtful social, political, and personal connections that underscore the broad significance of fancy dress throughout history and today." --Colleen Hill, Curator of Costume and Accessories, The Museum at FIT, USA "Wild has made an enormous contribution to the study of dress by bringing fancy dress to the forefront of scholarship. Often considered too frivolous for serious study, Wild demonstrates that fancy dress is a strategy used by people around the world and over time, to make sense of changing times." -- Sandra Lee Evenson, University of Idaho, USA "Benjamin Wild's transnational study of fancy dress costumes and their sociohistorical contexts is an impressive feat of scholarly synthesis. Wild's case studies-ranging from royalty to renegades, from playful costumes to purposeful masks-illustrate the enduring mystique and ambivalent cultural value of fancy dress across the centuries." -- Colleen McQuillen, University of Southern California, USA About the Author Benjamin Linley Wild is guest lecturer at the Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and consultant lecturer at Sotheby's Institute of Art. In 2015, he was an ambassador for the Costume Society. He has published widely on the subject of fashion and material culture in peer-reviewed journals, national magazines and newspapers. He has given fashion-related talks at the Victoria & Albert Museum, UK, and National Portrait Gallery, UK, and written and presented for BBC Radio 3. He is the author of A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton (2016).

Package Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.4 x 1.0 inches

Languages: English