FASHION & MODERNITY
Adorned in DreamsWhen ‘Adorned in Dreams’ was first published in 1985, Angela Carter described the book as ‘the best I have read on the subject, bar none. Elizabeth Wilson traces the social and cultural history of fashion and its complex relationship to modernity. Wilson delights in the power of fashion to mark out identity or to subvert it and this brand new edition of her book follows recent developments to bring the story of fashionable dress up to date, exploring the grunge look inspired by bands like Nirvana, the ‘boho chic’ of the mid 90’s, retro-dressing and the meanings of dress from the veil to Beck’s pink-varnished toenails.
‘Wilson offers dramatically original ideas that make this a major work of anthropological scholarship and cultural criticism, sharply focused, consistently intelligent and broadly informative.’
‘Her book is the best I have read on the subject, bar none …In her haunting fragment of autobiography, Mirror Writing, [she] presented herself as always strikingly dressed …[and] discussed dandyism and style informally … Adorned in Dreams continues and considerably extends this discussion. She succeeds so well in this project that one only becomes aware of its ambitiousness as she starts pulling together the threads of her main argument.’
Angela Carter (London Review of Books)