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Woman as Design: Before, Behind, Between, Above, Below [Hardcover]

Stephen Bayley
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7 Sep 2009
In "Woman as Design", Stephen Bayley discusses how the female body works as a sign, a symbol...as a designed object. Both provocative and beguiling, "Woman as Design" is an eclectic mix of design, cultural history, erotica, fashion, fetishism and observation. In Part One: Before, Behind, Between, Above and Below, Stephen Bayley takes us from Aphrodite to the Delta of Venus and then to the industrialisation of the breast (in bra form) and sexual identity. He questions what strange mixture of evolution, social competition, cultural modelling and (predominantly male) desire made the substance and the style of women. In Part Two he examines pin-ups, stereotypes, cosmetics, hemlines and heels and looks in detail at how design has appropriated the feminine form. He illustrates how we see, display, dress, decorate and distort women - including how shoes and clothes form our impression of womanly ideal and how different ages and different cultures developed different womanly ideals. Wonderfully designed and superbly illustrated, "Woman as Design" is a compulsively attractive book and a modern study of the continuous conflict between the real and the ideal...in its most familiar form.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Conran Octopus (7 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915327
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 26.4 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This illustrative study of the female form is a tasteful, colourful romp. Stephen Bayley's thoughts are presented in a witty, ruminative style. There is plenty here that is fascinating and thought-provoking." --The Times

"This book is a bit of a revelation. A great big generous tome, full of sumptuous images of women from Aphrodite to the present day." --Evening Standard

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Stephen Bayley is one of the world's best known authorities on design and popular culture. He has been a design consultant working on imaginative communications projects for Ford, Absolut Vodka, The Coca-Cola Company, Ford, Volkswagen Audi, Marks & Spencer, Penhaligon's, Foster Associates, Harvey Nichols, BMW, Piaggio and the V&A amongst others He is also well-known as an outspoken commentator on art and design, contributing regularly to The Times, The Daily Mail, The Observer, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Spectator, The Los Angeles Times, High Life, New Statesman, The Independent and GQ. He often broadcasts and appears on various popular programmes including PM, Today, Newsnight, Start the Week, Channel 4 News, London Tonight, and Any Questions. He has also written numerous books including Design: Intelligence Made Visible with co-author Terence Conran, and Cars both published by Conran Octopus. In addition, he has lectured in universities and museums throughout Britain as well as around the world. He has also been a judge of many national and international design competitions, including Campaign Press Awards, RIBA Architectural Awards, The Building Awards, Louis Vuitton Concours d'Elegance at Hurlingham, Cartier Style et Luxe at Goodwood and BBC Good Food Awards. In 1989 he was made a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's top artistic honour, by the French Minister of Culture.

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Many books have appeared on the attractiveness of the female figure, but this excellent volume is different, offering a thoughtful and reasoned study of not only attractiveness but the broader implications of the way a woman uses the visual aspects of her body, and the way these aspects are used by others. It is an insightful book, and it is superbly produced, with a novel cover design - a thing of beauty indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Oct 2010
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This is a book ill keep forever. It is full of the womens body which is what my art project was at the time, it is inspirational and very clever. Defenitley recogmend it to someone who is doing a project on the female body!
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Not what we thought, I would return it but it cost too much to return, it is not a good investment.
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