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Libertine Fashion: Sexual Freedom, Rebellion and Style (Dress, Body, Culture)

Libertine Fashion: Sexual Freedom, Rebellion and Style (Dress, Body, Culture)

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Author: Adam Geczy

Brand: Bloomsbury Visual Arts

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 256

Release Date: 03-09-2020

Details: Product Description Libertine practices have long been associated with transgression and social deviance. This innovative book is the first to focus fully on the relationship between libertinism as a social phenomenon and as a form of fashion. Taking the reader from early modernity to the present day, Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas reveal how the connection between clothing and the taboo, the erotic, and the forbidden is at the heart of "libertine fashion". Moving from the decadent courts of Charles II and Louis XV to the catwalks of the 21st century, Libertine Fashion examines literary and sartorial figures ranging from the Marquis de Sade and Lord Byron to Oscar Wilde, Josephine Baker, and Colette. Focusing on libertinism as a sartorial identity and subcultural way of life, the book traces the genealogy of the concept through French femme fatales, the Gothic vampires of 19th-century literature, and the hedonistic decadents of the fin de siècle. The historical arc ends on 1970s punk and glam, and finally the pornochic of Rick Owens and the titilatory disciplinary regimes of Jean-Paul Gaultier. Looking at libertine practices and appearances with fresh eyes, this bracing and original book affords many new insights into transgressive subcultural style, and of the relationship between sexuality and clothing. Both accessible and deeply researched, it uses a multidisciplinary approach that draws on historical literature, film, philosophy, and popular culture. Offering a historical and philosophical grounding in contemporary forms of identity and dress, it is essential reading for students and scholars of fashion, gender, and cultural studies. Review "What does it mean to give oneself over to pleasure in dress without compromise? In Libertine Fashion Geczy and Karaminas provide provocative answers. With intelligence and wit their case studies and wide-ranging references bring sartorial libertinism alive, offering an original and much needed history of this fascinating terrain for a new generation." --Chris Breward, National Museums Scotland, UK "Making a significant contribution to critical literature, and highly entertaining to read with a pleasing lightness of touch, Libertine Fashion illuminates social and sexual rebellion, complex encounters, bizarre dalliances and innovative experiments in behaviour, manners and dress; it brings a fresh perspective to the study of fashion, gender and sexuality." -- Pamela Church Gibson, London College of Fashion, UK "Both lively and scholarly, Libertine Fashion sheds new light on one of the most sensational and underestimated aspects of European cultural history. Geczy and Karaminas offer a compelling overview of transgressive fashion practices and ideologies, combining extensive research with imaginative interpretation. This provocative and witty study of Libertine tradition demonstrates the centrality of fashion for subverting gender stereotypes." -- Olga Vainshtein, Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia About the Author Adam Geczy is an artist and writer, and teaches at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney, Australia. Vicki Karaminas is Professor of Fashion and Director of Doctoral Studies in the School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand.

Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches

Languages: english