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Cristina Giorcelli and Paula Rabinowitz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675784

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675784.001.0001

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Accessorizing the Modern(ist) Body

Accessorizing the Modern(ist) Body

(p.1) Introduction Accessorizing the Modern(ist) Body
Accessorizing the Body

Cristina Giorcelli

University of Minnesota Press

The subject of this book is modern accessories, especially those accessories that hug the body, close clothes, those that come into direct contact with skin (necklaces, tiaras, hats, shoes, sandals), or cling nearby (vests, gowns, slinky dresses), and their decorations. It argues that whether the accessory is an absolute sine qua non (like shoes) or a nonessential item (like a brooch), it has ended up becoming the quintessence of fashion and of market forces. The aim of the chapters in this collection is not to argue any preestablished theory. Rather, this volume can be viewed as a collection of specific, yet significant, instance of the modern(ist) habits of being.

Keywords:   clothing, accessories, modernism, being, fashion

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