Fashion (Oxford History of Art): Chapter Two

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Department
Visual Arts History
Course Code
Visual Arts History 1043A/B
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Bridget Elliott

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Fashion (Oxford History of Art): Christopher Breward Chapter Two Making Clothes -should the focus be on fashion as art, social process or commercial product -fashion as system of meaning and a historical phenomenon >Couture -constructions between client, vendeuse, fitter and couturier -work at a couture house was seasonal because of weather patterns and social behaviour -different wardrobes required for events / times of month -couturier has seasonal collections -1870s attention to detail intensified -final garment merited associations with art and sculpture -1920s mass made underwear superior to homemade -technology taboo in philosophy of couture -extraordinary garments and perfume and accessories symbols for encouraging fantasy of narcissistic individualism >Made To Measure And The Ready Made -individualism encouraged mass produced goods -middle class women could rely on sewing skills and magazine patterns for her wardrobe -1/2 million sewing machines in 1871 contributed towards fall in clothing prices -specialized machines making lace and embroidery -sub-contracting more strong tradition of i
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