Fashion Icons by Leen Demeester
Fashion Trends throughout the Centuries

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...all of these so called “icons” haven been fetishized throughout history, which sort of puts a distinctly sexual tilt on the book, but that is never really expounded upon or developed and probably would have made the book much more interesting.
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"The history of the corset proves that women have attached great importance to outward appearance and this since more than 2000 years. The corset was not a fashion item for the masses. The first flourishing period for the corset dates back to the Elizabethan and Spanish fashion between the 16th and 17th Century. The strict form of the corset went hand in hand with the fashion of the hoop skirt which was made in hard metal and accentuated female slenderness. The slender the loins, the more beautiful a woman".

In Fashion Icons, Leen Demeester explores fashion trends throughout the centuries. She traces the origins of items of clothing such as the corset, the bra, the dress, the mini-skirt, trousers, accessories and high heels. These 'icons' show a distinct parallel between the history of women's appearance and the history of female emancipation. Top designers confirm that the image of a woman (and her place in society) still depends on her appearance and especially on the clothes she wears.

Featured designers include: Marlies Dekkers, Jean Paul Gaultier, Manolo Blahnik, Edouard Vermeulen, Patrizia Pepe, Yves Saint-Laurent and Elvis Pompillo.

Contents:
The Corset
The Bra
High Heels
The Mini Skirt
The Dress
Trousers and Trouser Suit
Accessories

 

About Leen Demeester

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Leen Demeester studied Modern Languages at the universities of Ghent in Belgium and of Eichstätt in Germany. Writing is her passion. She has worked as a journalist for trade journals since 2002. She combines teaching Business English with journalism and published her first book on Buddhism and Buddhist quotes in 2007.
 
Published February 16, 2013 by Lannoo Publishers (Acc). 192 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Health, Fitness & Dieting.
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Reviewed by Jeffrey Felner on Jan 16 2013

...all of these so called “icons” haven been fetishized throughout history, which sort of puts a distinctly sexual tilt on the book, but that is never really expounded upon or developed and probably would have made the book much more interesting.

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