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EXTRAVAGANCES. Ed. by Cristina Giorcelli and Paula Rabinowitz. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2015. Habits of Being, 4. 342 pp. with 44 ills. (9 col.). 20 x 15 cm. LC 2015-16661 ISBN 9780816697281 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 166445. Publisher's description: This final volume in the four-volume series Habits of Being shows how the dialectic between everyday appearance and outrageous acts is mediated through clothing and accessories. It considers how clothing and accessories can move quickly from the ordinary to the extravagant. Employing many different approaches, these essays explore how wearing an object -- a crown, a flower, an earring, a corsage, a veil, even a length of material -- can stray beyond the bounds of the body on which it is placed into the discrepant territory of flagrantly excessive public signs of love, status, honor, prestige, power, desire, and display. The varied contributions of scholars (historians, ethnographers, literary and film critics) and artists (photographers, sculptors, writers, weavers, and embroiderers) take up the threads of these forays into history, psyche, and aesthetics in surprising and useful ways. With examples from around the world, contributors address how the simple action of ornamenting the body, even with something as common as a button, are open to elaborate interpretations -- which themselves offer new understandings of human behavior and artistic endeavor. When our "habits of being" receive close scrutiny, they seem anything but habitual.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 71,30
Worldwide Number: 166444
Hardcover $96.25    

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