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Fashion Writing and Criticism provides students with the tools to critique fashion with skill and style. Explaining the history and theory of criticism, this innovative text demonstrates how the tradition of criticism has developed and how this knowledge can be applied to fashion, enabling students to acquire the methods and proper vocabulary to be active critics themselve Fashion Writing and Criticism provides students with the tools to critique fashion with skill and style. Explaining the history and theory of criticism, this innovative text demonstrates how the tradition of criticism has developed and how this knowledge can be applied to fashion, enabling students to acquire the methods and proper vocabulary to be active critics themselves. Integrating history and theory, this innovative book explains the development of fashion writing, the theoretical basis on which it sits, and how it might be improved and applied. Through concise snapshot case studies, top international scholars McNeil and Miller analyse fashion excerpts in relation to philosophical ideas and situate them within historical contexts. Case studies include classic examples of fashion writing, such as Diana Vreeland at Harper's Bazaar and Richard Martin on Karl Lagerfeld, as well as contemporary examples such as Suzy Menkes and the blogger Tavi. Accessibly written, Fashion Writing and Criticism enables readers to understand, assess and make value judgments about the fascinating and changeable field of fashion. It is an invaluable text for students and researchers alike, studying fashion, journalism, history and media studies.


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Fashion Writing and Criticism provides students with the tools to critique fashion with skill and style. Explaining the history and theory of criticism, this innovative text demonstrates how the tradition of criticism has developed and how this knowledge can be applied to fashion, enabling students to acquire the methods and proper vocabulary to be active critics themselve Fashion Writing and Criticism provides students with the tools to critique fashion with skill and style. Explaining the history and theory of criticism, this innovative text demonstrates how the tradition of criticism has developed and how this knowledge can be applied to fashion, enabling students to acquire the methods and proper vocabulary to be active critics themselves. Integrating history and theory, this innovative book explains the development of fashion writing, the theoretical basis on which it sits, and how it might be improved and applied. Through concise snapshot case studies, top international scholars McNeil and Miller analyse fashion excerpts in relation to philosophical ideas and situate them within historical contexts. Case studies include classic examples of fashion writing, such as Diana Vreeland at Harper's Bazaar and Richard Martin on Karl Lagerfeld, as well as contemporary examples such as Suzy Menkes and the blogger Tavi. Accessibly written, Fashion Writing and Criticism enables readers to understand, assess and make value judgments about the fascinating and changeable field of fashion. It is an invaluable text for students and researchers alike, studying fashion, journalism, history and media studies.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Sark

    Introduction p.4 – The proper domain of the critic involves description, interpretation, and evaluation. p.6 – In order to be a critic of fashion, one must first be informed about fashion, in all its complexity: aesthetic, social, cultural, economic and historical. Aristotle and the Origins of Criticism p.9 – Aristotle’s fourth-century BC Poetics is the starting point for criticism and its contemporary application. p.10 – Aristotle understood not only the universal appeal of drama, but more import Introduction p.4 – The proper domain of the critic involves description, interpretation, and evaluation. p.6 – In order to be a critic of fashion, one must first be informed about fashion, in all its complexity: aesthetic, social, cultural, economic and historical. Aristotle and the Origins of Criticism p.9 – Aristotle’s fourth-century BC Poetics is the starting point for criticism and its contemporary application. p.10 – Aristotle understood not only the universal appeal of drama, but more importantly he was the first to offer a psychological explanation of how it worked on our psyche. Charles Baudelaire: The Beginning of Fashion Criticism p.65 – Charles Baudlaire was the originator of the concept of modernité. In his essay “The Painter of Modern Life” (1859-1860), he provided “one of the first and most profound analyses of modernity” (Lehmann 2000:5). What was hitherto been overlooked is Baudelaire’s comment, regarding not only sartorial fashion, but hairstyle, gesture, smile (histories of dress have been published, but we are yet to produce comprehensive histories of hairstyles, gestures and smiles!) Baudelaire considered dress as the result of the historical and cultural matrix that produced it, in turn becoming its most faithful mirror. Dress, therefore, is informed by the contingent, pertaining to spatio-temporal modernity, rather than universal beauty.

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    Evelin Kangur

    Great overview, but I felt it lacked depth and the examples at the second part could have been more criticism focused.

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