The Language of Fashion by Roland Barthes

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Roland Barthes, widely regarded as one of the most perceptive critics of the twentieth century, was particularly fascinated by fashion and clothing. This collection brings together all of Barthes' untranslated writings on fashion, revealing the breadth and insight of Barthes' long engagement with the history of clothes. The essays range from an analysis of the significance of gemstones and jewelry, to an exploration of Courrèges and Chanel, to a discussion of of hippy style in Morocco, and the role of color in fashion.

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Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French cultural and literary critic, whose clever and lyrical writings on semiotics made structuralism one of the leading movements of the twentieth century. Barthes had a cult following and published seventeen books.
Published April 1, 2006 by Bloomsbury Academic. 224 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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As part of his edgy 1960s cultural criticism, French sociologist Barthes wrote extensively on fashion, culminating in The Fashion System .

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Also, because these articles were published before his 1967 book Systeme de la mode (translated as The Fashion System), there’s a sense that Barthes only identifies the problems facing a sociology of clothing, rather than solving them.(Editor: While Chad Parkhill remarked on the lack of translati...

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