Sex and Suits: The Evolution of Modern Dress
The Evolution of Modern Dress
In Sex and Suits brilliant essayist and art critic Anne Hollander charts the development of men's and women's fashion from their divergence in the medieval period to their convergence through to the late 20th century. Challenging the idea that the suit's success is merely down to its practicality, this trailblazing book argues that men have been fashion's true style-setters and that as women's fashion has taken on elements of men's style through tailoring, so men have reclaimed the embellishment and colour of past eras.
Anne Hollander was an independent scholar and critic whose work changed the way we look at fashion and art. A fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and former president of PEN American Center, she was the author of several influential books on the subject of costume and fabric in art, including
Seeing through Clothes,
Sex and Suits and
Fabric of Vision. She also published
Moving Pictures about the influence of painting on cinema, and
Feeding the Eye, a selection of essays. Her highly innovative books are rigorous, stylish, provocative and insightful.