Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed. Harold Koda (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)

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9780300103120: Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed. Harold Koda (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)
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"A landmark study of human customs and foibles in remarkable photos and intriguing text that show us what is and has been 'in' around the world."

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Over time and across cultures, extraordinary manipulations of the body have occurred in a continuing evolution of the concept of beauty. Fashion can be seen as the practice of some of the most extreme strategies to conform to shifting concepts of the physical ideal. Various zones of the body--the neck, the shoulders, the bust, the waist, the hips, and the feet--have been constricted, padded, truncated, or extended through subtle visual adjustments of proportion, less subtle prosthesis, and, often, deliberate physical deformation. The book shows that an undeniable if uncanny beauty abides in the bundled cylindricality of a geisha tottering on raised geta or clogs; the tea-tray supporting bustle of an 1880s French visiting dress; the double-door expanse of eighteenth-century panniered court gowns; the bound feet and caged nails of aristocratic Manchu women; the neck-extending chokers of the Masai, of Edwardian beauties, and of John Galliano?s designs for Dior; or the waist suppression of the sixteenth-century iron corsets and the cinches of early-nineteenth-century dandies. The photographs of fashion are augmented by paintings, prints, and drawings, including caricatures by Gilray, Cruikshank, Daumier, and Vernet.

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Koda, Harold
Verlag: YALE UNIV PR Jul 2004 (2004)
ISBN 10: 0300103123 ISBN 13: 9780300103120
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Buchbeschreibung YALE UNIV PR Jul 2004, 2004. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 293x234x13 mm. Neuware - Over time and across cultures, shifting concepts of beauty have given rise to extraordinary fashions that constrict, enhance, minimize, or exaggerate various zones of the human body. This stimulating book displays and discusses an array of such extreme fashion practices, from the bound feet of aristocratic Manchu women to the tea-tray supporting bustle of an 1880s French visiting dress. 192 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780300103120

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