Acknowledgements and Author’s
1 The Case Against Fashion
2 How Did We Get Here?
3 What Happened to Men?
Victorian Heroines and Modern Misreadings
4 Two Kinds of Freedom
5 Who Are We Trying to Please?
6 Do Appearances Matter?
Hunt the Symbol
Caution – These Words are Loaded!
7 The Ultimate Attack: Fashion as Pornography
8 Dress as Ritual
Case Study: One Festive Place
9 What Next?
“This new book on Fashion and its History is brilliant and fascinating. It is a ‘must read’ for all who are interested in style and clothes.” Roy Miles, author of Priceless: a life in art
“An impressive piece of research
which Carolyn Beckingham has translated into a persuasive narrative.
She marshals her material with skill and authority and presents
her arguments in clear, well-written prose, avoiding academic jargon.
The book will appeal not only to the specialist in this area of
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in returning to the classic literature from which she draws many
of her examples.” Alan Beecham, writer and journalist
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