Fashion: Thinking with Style (Philosophy for Everyone)
Jeanette Kennett, Jessica Wolfendale
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If you just can't decide what to wear, this enlightening guide will lead you through the diverse and sometimes contradictory aspects of fashion in a series of lively, entertaining and thoughtful essays from prominent philosophers and writers.
A unique and enlightening insight into the underlying philosophy behind the power of fashion
Contributions address issues in fashion from a variety of viewpoints, including aesthetics, the nature of fashion and fashionability, ethics, gender and identity politics, and design
Includes a foreword by Jennifer Baumgardner, feminist author, activist and cultural critic, editor of Ms magazine (1993-7) and regular contributor to major women's magazines including Glamour and Marie-Claire
of America saying “We’re seeing design creep into everything … There’s no such thing as an undesigned graphic object anymore.” What he means, I think, is that design is now produced self-consciously by professional designers, who have an enhanced social status. Compare, for instance, the status of modern “designers” with that of Harry Beck, who designed the London Underground map. Beck was a draughtsman, of lesser status than a “designer” of today, even though his map has become a design classic.
the designer for manufactures, is truly a prosaic art” compared to the painter’s “poetical” art.11 Others argue that professional design goes back to the beginnings of consumer society in the eighteenth century, which would associate it with other revolutionary developments in the world of the arts at that time.12 As early as 1735, Bishop Berkeley, in his work of applied economics, The Querist, proposed an “academy of design” in Ireland to help perfect the manufacture of lace, carpets, and
and Ideology Critique,” Philosophical Issues, 17, The Metaphysics of Epistemology, 2007, pp. 70–91. 24 Susan Brownmiller, Femininity (New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1984), p. 91. LOUISE COLLINS CHAPTER 10 FASHION DOLLS AND FEMINISM How Do You Solve a Problem Like Barbie? Like McDonald’s Golden Arches, Mattel’s Barbie doll enjoys global iconic status. Since her launch in the USA in 1959, Barbie has become the plastic personification of a distinctive style of western femininity. Barbie is an
half of the year, pressures which have only increased in 2008.”30 Morally, it is incumbent on the retailers, as a group, to restrain from unrealistic pressure, and not to hide behind the poor arguments already examined. That said, it is more likely that change will come from conscientious individuals working in solidarity with courageous workers. Consumers can do their best to buy sweat-free clothing, even if at present they can only do so much. By demonstrating a demand for economic justice
clear, inevitability need not require causal determinism. I use the example because causal determinism clearly and strongly asserts that human action is a product of forces beyond human control, and the inevitability argument trades on the notion that humans (consumers, producers, workers, and so on) cannot help but act as they do because of “natural” desires and “laws” of economics. For further exploration of the connections between determinism, historical inevitability and human action, see: