The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy by Gilles Lipovetsky; Catherine Porter Review by: Linda M. G. Zerilli Political Theory, Vol. 24, No. 3 ( Aug. Carolyn J. Dean; Gilles Lipovetsky. The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy. Translated by Catherine Porter. Foreword by Richard.

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Although good for society, the narcissism fostered by fashion may well be disastrous for individuals. With highbrowdisdainforall thatglitters but is not gold,intellectuals either dismissfashionas unworthy oftheirseriousattention orcondemnitas the graveofdemocracy andcriticalthinking.

Women’smonopolization ofartifice, Lipovetsky argues,can be better explainedas “a continuation oftherepre- sentations, values,and predilections of the femininethathad ruledfor centuries,” the”primordial requirement offeminine beauty” p. Aboveall, itenableshimto locate moments ofindeterminacy inthefashion system, a systemthatis oftentreated as exemplary of all thatis wrongwithmasssociety.

Under the heading of “new french thought” Lipovetsky shares an interesting perspective on the forming of modern democracy. His book is most ambitious because it connects this individualism with the democratic practice.

His conclusions raise disturbing questions about personal joy and anguish in modern democracy. The question is whether it works in theory. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Lipovetsky, who llipovetsky philosophy in Grenoble, may be the heir apparent to Roland Barthes e. You do not currently have access to this article. Dressing Modern Democracy review Jennifer M. Click here to sign up. Feb 14, Philippe Malzieu rated it it lipoveteky amazing.


The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy by Gilles Lipovetsky

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Ferds rated it it was amazing Aug 16, In a book full of playful irony and striking insights, the controversial social philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky draws on the history of fashion lipovetdky demonstrate that the modern cult of appearance and superficiality actually lopovetsky the common good.

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Ivan rated it liked it Apr 07, Sign In Forgot password? Juangarciacolorado rated it it was amazing Oct 31, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In Greece,forexample,a single pieceofrectangular clothwaswornbybothsexeswitha considerable degree ofvariation, yetthepersonalrepertory ofself-adornment was itselfpredeter- thhe convention.

He opens a theoretical space for rethinking consumercultures, emphasizing thesignificance of individual This content downloaded from Superficiality fosters tolerance among different groups within a society, claims Lipovetsky.

Lipovetski is an atypical philosopher. Citing articles via Google Empier. Therewas no such thingas “individualaesthetic autonomy” p. Princeton University Press- Social Science – pages. Hamburg from Burlesque to the Beatles, If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

His conclusions raise disturbing questions about personal joy and anguish in modern democracy. Faahion of my favorite capsule illustrations of French thought, also of Gallic wit, is something I found in a New York Times Book Review a number of years ago.


The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy

In thebroadestsense,fashionis “therapidfluxof variations” in a wide rangeof culturalproductions not only furniture and clothingbut also languagesandmanners, tastesandideas. Related articles in Google Scholar. I found it thoughtful, provocative, and convincing. Apparently convincedthat,forwomen,”self-adornment and beautification no longer have anything to do withalienation,” Lipovetsky makestheobvioustheo- reticalmove: Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.

Even radically antithetical viewpoints no longer give rise to inhibiting exclusions ” Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. His interests in the mode, transitory, as a mark of individualism and hedonism.

Trivia About The Empire of Fas Return to Book Page. Superficiality fosters tolerance among different groups within a society, claims Lipovetsky.

This work is an exegetical study not of aesthetics but of Western culture’s Feb 18, Wesley rated it really liked it. Although Lipovetsky offers a paean to modern individualism and to fashion culture, he concludes with a disturbing caution: Related articles in Google Scholar.

It is “a rigorousstructural opposition in whichtheterms[feminine andmasculine] areanything butexchangeable” p. His call “to giveup thesteriledebatebetweendeterminism and metaphysical freedom”in favorof a morenuancedunderstanding of the “varying degreesofautonomy” p. Lipovetsky examines the malaise experienced by people who, because they can fulfill so many desires, lose their sense of identity.