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Current Reading: The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy : Gilles Lipovetsky : Translated by Catherine Porter

Lipovetsky authors an  undifferentiated celebration of modern narcissistic freedom and a defense of bourgeois individualismLipovetsky authors an undifferentiated celebration of modern narcissistic freedom and a defense of bourgeois individualism

Fashion as a vehicle for democratic values and an agent of the social revolution built around the veneration of the 'individual'? What a riot this sentiment must have caused in academic circles in 1995, when "The Empire Of Fashion" was first published. But as fashion, the concept, has evolved from a hermetic dialogue built around upper-class privilege into a vehicle of popular expression (and we do mean Pop ), French thinker Gilles Lipovsetsky has proven to be more than prophetic, even if he was never optimistic about the psychological implications of this occurrence in the first place.

Current Reading: The Analysis Of Beauty: Written In View Of Fixing The Fluctuating Ideas Of Taste: William Hograth

"In a word, it may be said, the art of composing well is the art of varying well." William Hogarth."In a word, it may be said, the art of composing well is the art of varying well." William Hogarth.

Every time you see an S-curve, or the back to ass curve on a beautiful boy or girl.. every time you respond to that "serpentine line" or a nice left "hook" , remember that Hograth celebrated it all the way back in 1753 .

Current Reading: The Form Of The Book: Jan Tschichold: Essays on the Morality of Good Design

Jan Tschichold was one of the greatest typographers of the 20th century.Jan Tschichold was one of the greatest typographers of the 20th century.

"Perfect typography is certainly the most elusive of all arts. Sculpture in stone alone comes near in obstinacy"

Jan Tschichold

CURRENT READING : THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY: VOLUME ONE: MICHEL FOUCAULT

The History of Sexuality: An Introduction was the first of a promised (but not completed) six-volume study.The History of Sexuality: An Introduction was the first of a promised (but not completed) six-volume study.

“We demand that sex speak the truth [...] and we demand that it tell us our truth, or rather, the deeply buried truth of that truth about ourselves which we think we possess in our immediate consciousness.”
― Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality 1: An Introduction

CURRENT READING: Fetishism And Fashion: Lidiwej Edelkoort : Frame

Justine Verplancke/Jill for "Fetishism In Fashion".Justine Verplancke/Jill for "Fetishism In Fashion".

“As a devotee of clothing and textiles in particular; I decided to analyze and dissect our obsession with fashion by dedicating a theme to the phenomenon of fetishism. An analysis of our desire to know and express ourselves; from covering and veiling to the most eccentric extremes which the desire for beauty can lead to. I wanted to look for the strong links which exist between an item of clothing and the wearer; the passion which can be caused by a pair of shoes or the emotional experience which the tactility of a textile can give us.”

Lidiwej Edelkoort

CURRENT READING: VANITY FAIR: WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERY

Vanity Fair's Becky Sharp is probably one of literature's greatest rogues, Reese Witherspoon's portrayal notwithstanding.Vanity Fair's Becky Sharp is probably one of literature's greatest rogues, Reese Witherspoon's portrayal notwithstanding.

There's great inspiration to be found in Thackery's brand of satire. It was panoramic, scything the heads off snobs and "peasants" alike.

Current Reading: On Beauty And Being Just: Elaine Scarry

When we behold the beautiful, we learn to be attentive to the world.When we behold the beautiful, we learn to be attentive to the world.

"[Beautiful things] lift us [up]...letting the ground rotate beneath us...so that when we land, we find ourselves in a different relationship to the world than where we were before."

Eliane Scarry in On Beauty And Being Just.

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