Skip to main content

Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style

Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style

Fritz Allhoff (Series Editor), Jessica Wolfendale (Editor), Jeanette Kennett (Editor), Jennifer Baumgardner (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-444-34554-4

Aug 2011

224 pages

$17.99

Description

If you just can't decide what to wear, this enlightening guide will lead you through the diverse and sometimes contradictory aspects of fashion in a series of lively, entertaining and thoughtful essays from prominent philosophers and writers.
  • A unique and enlightening insight into the underlying philosophy behind the power of fashion
  • Contributions address issues in fashion from a variety of viewpoints, including aesthetics, the nature of fashion and fashionability, ethics, gender and identity politics, and design
  • Includes a foreword by Jennifer Baumgardner, feminist author, activist and cultural critic, editor of Ms magazine (1993-7) and regular contributor to major women's magazines including Glamour and Marie-Claire
Foreword (Jennifer Baumgardner).

Acknowledgments.

Introduction (Jessica Wolfendale and Jeanette Kennett).

PART 1 BEING FASHIONABLE AND BEING COOL.

1 What Makes Something Fashionable? (Anya Farennikova and Jesse Prinz).

2 Fashion, Illusion, and Alienation (Nick Zangwill).

3 Tryhards, Fashion Victims, and Effortless Cool (Luke Russell).

PART 2 FASHION, STYLE, AND DESIGN.

4 The Aesthetics of Design (Andy Hamilton).

5 Share the Fantasy: Perfume Advertising, Fashion, and Desire (Cynthia A. Freeland).

6 Computational Couture: From Cyborgs to Supermodels (Ada Brunstein).

PART 3 FASHION, IDENTITY, AND FREEDOM.

7 Wearing Your Values on Your Sleeve (Daniel Yim).

8 Fashion and Sexual Identity, or Why Recognition Matters (Samantha Brennan).

9 Slaves to Fashion? (Lauren Ashwell and Rae Langton).

10 Fashion Dolls and Feminism: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Barbie? (Louise Collins).

PART 4 CAN WE BE ETHICAL AND FASHIONABLE?

11 Sweatshops and Cynicism (Matthew F. Pierlott).

12 Women Shopping and Women Sweatshopping: Individual Responsibility for Consumerism (Lisa Cassidy).

13 A Taste for Fashion (Marguerite La Caze).

Notes on Contributors.

“Summing Up: Recommended.  Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students; general readers.  (Choice, 1 August 2012)

""All in all, this is a valuable text not just because of the marriage of the academic with the everyday, but because of the diverse issues that it touches on. It's a well-rounded effort and even the most jaded fashion person will find something new between its covers."" (The Licentiate, 26 September 2011)