The Fashionable Mind: Reflections on Fashion 1970-1981 by Kennedy Fraser
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New York. Alfred A. Knopf. 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine with light foxing on spine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine with minor shelf wear. 270pp.
In this collection of essays, Fraser goes beyond an aesthetic review of emerging styles, discussing a shifting conceptual landscape inspired by the way fashion changes what we choose to emphasize, reconstruct, or conceal. She provides her contemporary perspectives on topics of universal significance: cosmetics as they compare to public identities, denim jeans or “retro” styles as symbols for identity politics. Fraser’s survey of fashion is a cultural critique fitted to the fashion world’s timeline, and is a crucial text for those interested in the ways our society forms and has been formed by public ideas of beauty.