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The Anatomy of Fashion

Why we Dress the Way We Do

 

Dress is the inescapable and essential element of lives at all levels – and its variety and complexity is endlessly revealing and fascinating. Colin Mc Dowell

Written by Colin McDowell who has for four decades astutely chronicled the fables and foibles of couture, he has turned his laser sharp eye and equally sharp intelligence on the very foundation of fashion, the body.  From skinheads to toenails – necks, torsos, busts, backs, and genitals, The Anatomy of Fashion is the ultimate guide to not only how we dress but why we dress the way we do, and how those ideas have changed over time.  Not to be missed in the final pages, cross references and a detailed timeline of all aspects of appearance starting from 40,000 BC to the last collection of 2012. McDowell focuses on the idea that the body is the foundation of all fashion and then explores fashion through the human anatomy. Every aspect of the body and the clothing we have used to cover it is examined, including our use of hair, make-up, tattooing and accessories – from head to toe, from couture to escapism, from play-wear to work-wear. Visually rich and fully illustrated with photographs, drawings, paintings, and film stills by designers and labels such as Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Carhartt and Diesel, even a fast page turn through this text is rewarding. As a first edition, a limited number of books are available of what is destined to become a landmark publication.
 

The Anatomy of Fashion

Why we Dress the Way We Do

by Colin McDowell

30,5 x 23,8 cm; 358 pp Hardback

Phaidon Press, €79.95

 

On view and on sale at 10 Corso Como

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    The Anatomy of Fashion

    Why we Dress the Way We Do

     

    Dress is the inescapable and essential element of lives at all levels - and its variety and complexity is endlessly revealing and fascinating. Colin Mc Dowell

    Written by Colin McDowell who has for four decades astutely chronicled the fables and foibles of couture, he has turned his laser sharp eye and equally sharp intelligence on the very foundation of fashion, the body.  From skinheads to toenails - necks, torsos, busts, backs, and genitals, The Anatomy of Fashion is the ultimate guide to not only how we dress but why we dress the way we do, and how those ideas have changed over time.  Not to be missed in the final pages, cross references and a detailed timeline of all aspects of appearance starting from 40,000 BC to the last collection of 2012. McDowell focuses on the idea that the body is the foundation of all fashion and then explores fashion through the human anatomy. Every aspect of the body and the clothing we have used to cover it is examined, including our use of hair, make-up, tattooing and accessories - from head to toe, from couture to escapism, from play-wear to work-wear. Visually rich and fully illustrated with photographs, drawings, paintings, and film stills by designers and labels such as Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Carhartt and Diesel, even a fast page turn through this text is rewarding. As a first edition, a limited number of books are available of what is destined to become a landmark publication.  

    The Anatomy of Fashion

    Why we Dress the Way We Do

    by Colin McDowell

    30,5 x 23,8 cm; 358 pp Hardback

    Phaidon Press, €79.95

     

    On view and on sale at 10 Corso Como