AB: Kunzle – Fashion and Fetishism

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

Kunzle, David. Fashion and Fetishism: A Social History of the Corset, Tight-Lacing and Other Forms of Body-Sculpture in the West. Totowa, New Jersey: Rowman and Littlefield, 1982.

This is a scholarly text of fashion theory which, unusually and to its credit, does not particularly demonize the corset. However, it sexualizes the corset and fails to fully contextualize it as a garment worn for various reasons by a wide variety of people, instead focusing on extremes of tight-lacing. It contains very few images. It would not be a useful resource for studying the history of dress, and I would not specifically recommend it as a resource for studying fashion theory. It is not instructional. The images are monochrome, and there are very few of them. It contains extensive notes but no bibliography.

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