Against Fashion: Clothing as Art, 1850–1930


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Against Fashion: Clothing as Art, 1850–1930, by Radu Stern, is the history of the modern relationship between artists and the ideal "anti-fashion." The development of clothes as art by artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is traced and contributions to the new art form by various artistic movements of the historical avant-garde, including Art Nouveau, the Werkbund, Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, and the Bauhaus are examined. The work of such key figures as Henry van de Velde, Gustav Klimt, and Sonia Delaunay are explored.

The book includes an anthology of essential writings and documents by artists and writers of the period, some of them translated into English for the first time. The artists and works examined display a diversity of styles and ideas, but all share the desire to reject the mercantile logic of commercial fashion and replace it with a utopian "anti-fashion."

- Paperback
- 368 pages, 9 x 10 in.
- 130 illustrations, many in color
- 2003
SKU: 32453

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