The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy by Gilles Lipovetsky; Catherine Porter Review by: Linda M. G. Zerilli Political Theory, Vol. 24, No. 3 ( Aug. Carolyn J. Dean; Gilles Lipovetsky. The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy. Translated by Catherine Porter. Foreword by Richard.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Empire of Fashion: Richard Sennett Foreword by. In a book full of playful irony and striking insights, the controversial social philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky draws on the history of fashion to demonstrate that the modern cult of appearance and superficiality actually serves the common good. Focusing on clothing, bodily deportment, sex roles, sexual practices, and political rhetoric as forms of “fashion,” Lipovetsky boun In a book full of playful irony and striking insights, the controversial social philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky draws on the history of fashion to demonstrate that the modern cult of appearance and superficiality actually serves the common good.
Focusing on clothing, bodily deportment, sex roles, sexual practices, and political rhetoric as forms of “fashion,” Lipovetsky bounds across two thousand years of history, showing how the evolution of fashion from an upper-class privilege into a vehicle of popular expression closely follows the rise of democratic values.
Whereas Tocqueville feared that mass culture would create passive citizens incapable of political reasoning, Lipovetsky argues that today’s mass-produced fashion offers many choices, which in turn enable consumers to become complex individuals within a consolidated, democratically educated society. Superficiality fosters tolerance among different groups within a society, claims Lipovetsky.
To analyze fashion’s role in smoothing over social conflict, he abandons class analysis in favor of an inquiry into the symbolism of everyday life and the creation of ephemeral desire. Lipovetsky examines the malaise experienced by people who, because they can fulfill so many desires, lose their sense of identity. His conclusions raise disturbing questions about personal joy and anguish in modern democracy.
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To ask other readers questions about The Empire of Fashionplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Lipovetaky Empire of Fashion. Lists with This Book. Lo que nos cuenta. Mar 02, John Jr. One of my favorite capsule empjre of French thought, also of Gallic wit, is something I found in a New York Times Book Review a number of years ago. The question is whether it works in theory.
Fashion allows us to pursue differences that in one sense make no difference, despite often serving to mark distinctions, because it lies within the realm of the ephemeral the word Lipovetsky used in his original title, remember.
These three major principles, which were introduced by haute couture, no longer belong exclusively to luxury clothing; they constitute the very core of the consumer industries. Feb 18, Wesley rated it really liked it. I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating book, part a history of fashion, part sociological investigation of contemporary mores.
Essentially, Lipovetsky argues that from the 14th century onward fashion has stoked the cult of individuality that defines the contemporary West, that fashion has been a force for democratization, but also that fashion has contributed the the vacuity of much of our citizenry who have abandoned what Yeats called “monuments of unaging intellect” for topical nonsense. Mar 23, Simone rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Under the heading of “new french thought” Lipovetsky shares an interesting perspective on the forming of modern democracy.
I am re-reading it in an effort to assimilate some of the new ideas I have learned about dress, body, and culture. Feb 14, Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing. Lipovetski is an atypical philosopher. He created the concept of hypermodernity which succeeds the post modernity.
His interests in the mode, transitory, as a mark of individualism and hedonism. His book is most ambitious because it connects this individualism with the democratic practice. Feb 16, Rebecca marked empiree as don-t-want-to-read-anymore. Eloquent writing, making points I’ve thought of myself. Would take less flowery writing if only to have a couple moments of inspiration or insight.
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Gilles Lipovetsky born September 24, in Millau is a French philosopher, writer and sociologist, professor at the University of Grenoble.
Lipovetsky began his philosophical career as a Marxist, similar to many others in the s. He has divided this time period into three periods: Lipovetsky has continued to write on topics such as modernity, globalization, consumerism, modern culture, markets, feminism, fashion, and media, but they have the common thread of individualism Books by Gilles Lipovetsky.
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