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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour

Valerie Steele

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A beautifully illustrated exploration of the significance of the colour pink in fashion, art and culture from the 18th century to the present day

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Today, with the advent of ‘millennial pink’, the colour formerly associated with Barbie has acquired a new identity. Nor is this the first time the symbolism of pink has been radically transformed. In this volume, in collaboration with a major exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, fashion historian Valerie Steele explores the history and significance of pink in fashion, art and culture from the 18th century to the present.

Steele and her co-authors tell the whole story of this controversial colour, emphasizing how its meanings changed throughout the centuries and across the globe. Pink is beautifully illustrated, with illustrations of stunning pink fashions given context by photographs, advertisements and works of art. It features essays by scholars across the disciplines, giving readers access to a wealth of research into subjects as diverse as Hollywood films and the symbolism of the pink triangle. This book will appeal to all those interested in fashion and culture, as well as those who love pink.

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'In Pink, Valerie Steele brews a mesmerizing potion of historic and cultural intrigue emitting from the world’s most polarizing colour. I am always captivated by Dr. Steele’s work, but Pink is especially hypnotic. Like me, you won’t be able to put it down!'
Tim Gunn, Mentor, Project Runway

'Confirmation, that being in the pink — from flamingo to fuchsia — is cool once more'

'With essays and a string of dazzling, sugary imagery all in one place, [Pink] is a feast for the eyes as well as the mind'
Refinery 29

'A gorgeously illustrated cultural history'
The Lady

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 28.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 125

Publication date: 30 August 2018

ISBN: 9780500022269

Contents List

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour, Valerie Steele • Panavision Pink: Deceptively Demure, Deborah Nadoolman Landis • Feminine Desire and Fragility: Pink in Eighteenth-Century Portraiture, A. Cassandra Albinson • Pink Predictions, Regina Lee Blaszczy In the Pink of Things: Gender, Sexuality and Race, Dominique Grisard • Mexican Rose, Tanya Melendez • The Colour of the Day: Many Shades of Pink in Japan, Masafumi Monden

About the Author

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and co-author of more than twenty books.

List of Contributors

A. Cassandra Albinson, Regina Lee Blaszczyk, Dominique Grisard, Tanya Melendez-Escalante, Masafumi Monden, Deborah Nadoolman Landis