From its beginnings in the fifteenth century, intensified interest in fashion and the study of fashion over the last thirty years has led to a vast and varied literature on the subject. There is now barely a discipline in the humanities or social sciences that does not take a position on what fashion is, what it does and how it works.
This collection of essays surveys and contextualises the ways in which a wide range of disciplines, (including sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, fashion history, gender studies and cultural history), have used different theoretical approaches to explain, and sometimes to explain away, the astonishing variety, complexity and beauty of fashion. Themes covered include individual, social and gender identity, the erotic, consumption and communication.
Each extract is introduced, placed in its historical and theoretical context and its significance for fashion theory is explained.
By collecting together some of the most influential and important writers on fashion and exposing the ideas and theories behind what they say, this unique collection of extracts and essays brings to light the presuppositions involved in the things we think and say about fashion.
Preface; Stereoselective Methods Towards the Synthesis of Iminosugars; Stereochemical Studies in Insect Chemistry: Synthesis and Properties of Chiral Rsesolving Agents; Stereochemistry of Aflastatin A and Blasticidin A: Application of J-based, Acetonide and NMR Database Methods.; Syntheses, Structure and Electronic Properties of Assemblies of Diastereomers of Nickel (II) Complexes with Tetracyanometalates [M(CN)4]2 (M=Ni, Pd, and Pt); (4R*, 5R*) - 4 - Benzoylamino-5-Phenyl-3-Pyrazolidinone - A Useful Building Block in the Synthesis of Functionalised Pyrazoles; Stereochemical aspects of Interaction Between some Monosaccharides and L-Alpha-Amino Acids in Aqueous Solutions; Challenges in Carbohydrate Chemistry: A Survey of Modern Approaches for L-Hexose Stereoselective Synthesis; Index.
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