The Language of Fashion by Roland Barthes, ISBN-13: 978-1472505422


The Language of Fashion by Roland Barthes, ISBN-13: 978-1472505422

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  • Publisher: ‎ Bloomsbury Academic (December 19, 2013)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 192 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1472505425
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1472505422

Roland Barthes was one of the most widely influential thinkers of the 20th Century and his immensely popular and readable writings have covered topics ranging from wrestling to photography. The semiotic power of fashion and clothing were of perennial interest to Barthes and The Language of Fashion – now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series – collects some of his most important writings on these topics. Barthes’ essays here range from the history of clothing to the cultural importance of Coco Chanel, from Hippy style in Morocco to the figure of the dandy, from colour in fashion to the power of jewellery. Barthes’ acute analysis and constant questioning make this book an essential read for anyone seeking to understand the cultural power of fashion.

Table of Contents:

Part One Clothing History
1 History and Sociology of Clothing: Some Methodological Observations
2 Language and Clothing
3 Towards a Sociology of Dress
Part Two Systems and Structures
4 ‘Blue is in Fashion This Year’: A Note on Research into Signifying Units in Fashion Clothing
5 From Gemstones to Jewellery
6 Dandyism and Fashion
7 [An Early Preface to] The Fashion System
8 Fashion, a Strategy of Desire: Round-table Discussion with Roland Barthes, Jean Duvignaud and Henri Lefebvre
9 Fashion and the Social Sciences
10 On The Fashion System
Part Three Fashion Debates and Interpretations
11 The Contest between Chanel and Courrèges. Refereed by a Philosopher
12 A Case of Cultural Criticism
13 Showing How Rhetoric Works

Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French cultural and literary critic, whose clever and lyrical writings on semiotics made structuralism one of the leading movements of the twentieth century. Barthes had a cult following and published seventeen books, including Camera Lucida, Mythologies, and A Lover’s Discourse.

Andy Stafford edited The Language of Fashion from Berg Publishers.

Michael Carter has had a long career at the University of Sydney as theorist and teacher.

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