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Androgyne

Fashion and Gender

Patrick Mauriès

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The first visually led exploration of androgyny, the combination of female and male characteristics, from representations in antiquity to its current prevalence in the fashion world and beyond

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Overview

‘This ad is gender neutral’, proclaimed a recent poster for Diesel; ‘I resist definitions’, announced a Calvin Klein campaign; while a Louis Vuitton shoot featured Jaden Smith, son of actor Will Smith, wearing a skirt like a natural. Fashion magazines have printed countless features on the blurring of gender boundaries, while brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Burberry, Givenchy and Dolce & Gabbana have all interpreted this theme in their own distinctive style.

Androgyny is nothing new: it has been a leitmotif of western culture for millennia, beguiling and preoccupying artists and writers since Plato. The blending of genders was a constant through the cultural waves of the 20th century, from Berlin in the 1920s and Hollywood in the 1930s, to the androgynous pop stars of the 1970s, 1980s and beyond – Jagger, Bowie, Grace Jones…

What do these variations on a theme have in common? And what has caused the dizzying resurgence of androgyny in the twenty-first century? This book places images by some of the world’s greatest fashion designers and photographers alongside works of art and portraiture from many eras. It presents a condensed cultural history of androgyny, drawing on the worlds of art and literature to give us a deeper understanding of the timeless human drive to break free from defined categories.

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'Unique … offers multi-faceted perspectives into the drive to escape defined categories'
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Specifications

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 33.6 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 120

Publication date: 19 October 2017

ISBN: 9780500519356

Contents List

Introduction • 1. The Platonic Body • 2. A Body of Ivory • 3. The Body Inverted 4. Bodies in Opposition

About the Author

Patrick Mauriès is a writer and publisher of many notable titles on fashion and design, including Jewelry by Chanel, A Cabinet of Rarities, The World According to Karl and Fashion Quotes to name a few, all published by Thames & Hudson.