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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2 edition (12 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300124678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300124675
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...an intriguing look at the industry's darker side. In the context of apocalypse, trauma and death, it shows fashion attempting to voice our deepest cultural concerns." -- Daily Telegraph, November 24, 2007

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Caroline Evans is reader in fashion studies, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. She also serves on the editorial board of Fashion Theory.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. E. Lea on 18 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book for any student who loves Alexander McQueen etc.
It's well written, has some great if slightly small images but is well researched and informative.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By laxlustre on 1 Feb 2012
Format: Paperback
The point of writing is to communicate and the author fails to do that, using words and phrases like a smoke screen. This is a subject that interests me and I would like to be able to read about it without recourse to a translator. Five stars for the pictures (although Alexander McQueen dominates) and one star for the verbiage, and that is being generous.
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4 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Professor Bjorn Hagforth on 14 Dec 2007
Format: Hardcover
Buttoned up against the Great Pretender this text evinces a perfectly loitering cadence as if the socks of its author had been imprinted with the days of the week on which they were to be worn. Nor does the Lacanian rainbow concealed in the slanted ticket-pocket of this stingingly tailored paperback sit easily with a shuffling middlebrow readership. Away with them! Indeed, one is driven to wonder whether the ruffs and cuffs of such a ragmuffin parade as one sees any day in the Charing Cross Road can be construed as a kind of St Martin's doollally, an achingly rumbustious "garment" semiologically fusing (in a kind of pubic perambula) Julia Kristeva's famously lilac and conspicuously deviant nether garments with the abject "underpants" of Humbert Humbert. In the ensuing debate one fact emerges clearly. It is the Name of the Father. And so, perhaps, does Agent Provocateur meet CK in the ante rooms of Celine's howling impostures!
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2 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "daisyhbaillie" on 15 Feb 2004
Format: Hardcover
I can't wait to give this book as a presant. It is a beautiful book and will be apreciated by both those in fashion and thoes who just like to have interesting books about fashion decoration their homes.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Definitive account of 90s cutting-edge designers 10 Nov 2003
By Roger Tredre/WGSN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Caroline Evans has written an important book that explores the work of cutting-edge designers of the 1990s such as Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Viktor & Rolf. The book's subtitle - "Spectacle, Modernity and Deathliness" - sums up the author's focus on the underside of fashion. Evans acknowledges that much of the fashion featured in this book was "economically negligible", arguing that its cultural import is of greater significance. She explores how designers of the 90s consciously or unconsciously explored the dark history of the 20th century through their work, with death, trauma, cruelty, and horror as recurring themes.
Where is this all leading? The conclusions are doom-laden but fascinating. British designers, with their focus on "gothic fashion", may represent the ghost or shadow of rational American designers. Creatively, Evans posits a bleak future for fashion "doomed to ricochet between modernist experimentation and dark despair." In a memorable line, Evans writes: "Now, more than ever, everything new and beautiful seems to arrive already haunted by its own demise." The financial insecurity of many of these designers in their early days may have fuelled their creativity. They were, as designer and teacher Fabio Piras put it, "fashion desperadoes". This book is full of illuminating insights that put fashion design at the core of our culture, expressing our deepest concerns.
Outstandingly researched, beautifully illustrated, and thrillingly authoritative, Fashion at the Edge may prove to be the definitive book on the generation of designers from London and Antwerp who came to prominence in the 1990s.
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gorgeous inspiring book 25 Mar 2006
By Carrie Grace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The photographs, stories of design history and research in this book are phenonmenal. This is a great book to inspire, shock and mesmerize. It is my most recent favorite in my costume research collection.
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Incredible book for anyone interested in fashion theory. 26 May 2013
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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Great study of fashion from an excellent author. If you are interested in fashion and art, this is a book for you.
epic. 14 Nov 2012
By pearl - Published on Amazon.com
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i really love the photo references especially in reference to the text. this is a book about some of the darker edges of fashion and designers ideas. delves much more into the artistic side of fashion. broken up into aptly interesting titles as well as tight ideas well expressed. im really happy i bought this. one of my fav purchases in recent history.
Five Stars 25 Oct 2014
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Excellent book - well written and full of meaningful analysis
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