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Steele, Valerie

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Most widely held works by Valerie Steele
Fifty years of fashion : new look to now by Valerie Steele( Book )

27 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and German and held by 1,511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

She describes the rise of the women's movement and the hippies' anti-fashion sentiment, which ushered in a new freedom of choice in the 1970s, "the decade that taste forgot." She finds that the 1980s, often described as "the decade of greed," was actually a more complicated period, during which Calvin Klein jeans as well as suits by Armani became notorious yuppie status symbols. And she shows that the fashions of the 1990s, emphatically postmodernist, have repeatedly returned to the themes of retro, ethno, and techno styles
Encyclopedia of clothing and fashion by Valerie Steele( Book )

26 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Steele, director of the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum, has crafted, with the help of 325 contributors, an authoritative introduction to fashion, the industry, and the issues that have defined the field. Some 640 articles describe the colorful facets of couture and textiles, from fabrics of chintz, corduroy, and feathers to such garb as aprons, bikinis, and prison dress. There are color plates and nearly 600 black-and-white illustrations. Back matter includes a comprehensive index, a timeline, and a topical outline."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005
Paris fashion : a cultural history by Valerie Steele( Book )

39 editions published between 1988 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is Paris still the capital of Fashion? Challenged by Milan, London and New York, Paris struggles to retain supremacy by providing the ultimate catwalk for design from around the world." "More than just a history of famous designers and changing styles, this book is about fashion as a cultural ideal and a social phenomenon. By focussing on a 'case study' of Paris, Steele provides insights into the significance of fashion in modern urban society. Revised and updated, Paris Fashion is reprinted here in paperback for the first time"--Jacket
Men and women : dressing the part( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 1,341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fashion and eroticism : ideals of feminine beauty from the Victorian era to the Jazz Age by Valerie Steele( Book )

9 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The corset : a cultural history by Valerie Steele( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1. Steel and Whalebone: Fashioning the Aristocratic Body 2. Art and Nature: Corset Controversies of the Nineteenth Century 3. Dressed to Kill: The Medical Consequences of Corsetry 4. Fashion and Fetishism: The Votaries of Tight-Lacing 5. The Satin Corset: An Erotic Iconography 6. The Hard Body: A Muscular Corset
Fetish : fashion, sex, and power by Valerie Steele( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The concept of fetishism has recently assumed a growing importance in critical thinking about the cultural construction of sexuality. Yet until now no scholar with an in-depth knowledge of fashion history has studied the actual clothing fetishes themselves. Nor has there been a serious exploration of the historical relationship between fashion and fetishism, although erotic styles have changed significantly and "sexual chic" has become increasingly conspicuous. Marshalling a dazzling array of evidence from pornography, psychology, and history, as well as interviews with individuals involved in sexual fetishism, sadomasochism, and cross-dressing, Steele illuminates the complex relationship between appearance and identity. Based on years of research, her book Fetish: Fashion, Sex & Power explains how a paradigm shift in attitudes toward sex and gender has given rise to the phenomenon of fetish fashion
Women of fashion : twentieth-century designers by Valerie Steele( Book )

14 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This fascinating study of the role women have played and continue to play in fashion design presents a historical and critical view of the industry as it has developed and flourished in Europe, the United States, and Japan."--Jacket
China chic : East meets West by Valerie Steele( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and German and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

China Chic is the first book to explore the evolution of Chinese dress, from the dragon robes and lotus shoes of the imperial era to the creation of new fashions like the cheongsam and the "Mao suit" that symbolised modern Chinese identity. For China specialists, the focus on fashion will open up an entirely new way of thinking about modern Chinese culture and society. For readers whose primary interest is fashion, China Chic demolishes the Eurocentric myth of an ancient, unchanging mode of dress
Gothic : dark glamour by Valerie Steele( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From its origins in the eighteenth-century literature of terror to its contemporary manifestations in vampire fiction, cinema, and art, the gothic has embraced the powers of horror and the erotic macabre. "Gothic" is an epithet with a strange history - evoking images of death, destruction, and decay. Ironically, its negative connotations have made the gothic an ideal symbol of rebellion for a wide range of cultural outsiders. This gorgeous book is the first in-depth study of the gothic influence on fashion." "Popularly associated with black-clad teenagers and rock musicians, gothic fashion encompasses not only subcultural styles (from old-school goth to cyber-goth and beyond) but also high fashion by such designers as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano of Christian Dior, Rick Owens, Olivier Theyskens, and Yohji Yamamoto. Fashion photographers, such as Scan Ellis and Eugenio Recuenco, have also drawn on the visual vocabulary of the gothic to convey narratives of dark glamour. As the text and lavish illustrations in this book suggest, gothic fashion has deep cultural roots that give it an enduring potency." "Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)."--Jacket
Fashion, Italian style by Valerie Steele( Book )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Italian fashion - which encompasses designers and companies from Armani to Zegna - has become a dominant force in the fashion world. This stunning book discusses the rise of Italian fashion since 1945, the development of the Italian Look from the late 1970s to the present, and the many great designers who have contributed to Italy's fashion triumphs." "This book is the catalogue for an exhibition, sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission, at The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City from February 11, 2003 through April 12, 2003"--Jacket
The Berg companion to fashion by Valerie Steele( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An essential reference for students, curators and scholars of fashion, cultural studies, and the expanding range of disciplines that see fashion as imbued with meaning far beyond the material. Over 300 in-depth entries covering designers, articles of clothing, key concepts and styles. This handy volume is a one-stop reference for anyone interested in fashion - its meaning, history and theory. From Avedon to Codpiece, Dandyism to the G-String, Japanese Fashion to Subcultures, Trickle down to Zoot Suit"--Publisher's description
Dance & fashion by Valerie Steele( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lavishly illustrated with both contemporary and historical images, the book features essays by ten fashion experts, who explore various aspects of the reciprocal relationship between dance and fashion, from the liberating effects of the tango to the influence of ballet on Japanese girl culture. Designers featured include Leon Bakst, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Halston, Barbara Karinka, Isaac Mizrahi, Rodarte, Yves Saint Laurent, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Valentino, and Iris Van Herpen"--Publisher's website
Shoes : a lexicon of style by Valerie Steele( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The editor of "Fashion Theory" taps into the obsession, the fetish, and the fashion of footwear, from the pump to the sneaker and the boot to the stiletto. 260 illustrations
A queer history of fashion : from the closet to the catwalk by Valerie Steele( Book )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although it has long been recognized that gay people appear to have a special relationship with fashion and style, this will be the first book to look at the history of fashion through a queer lens and to explore the "gayness" or "queerness" of fashion. The book will explore the importance of gay men as fashion designers from the 1930s to the present, including the contributions to fashion history of gay designers such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Alexander McQueen. Bisexual and lesbian designers and other fashion professionals will also be considered. In addition, the book will document the creativity and resistance to oppression expressed by LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) sub-cultural styles, which have often transgressed sex and gender norms. Finally, the book will explore the influence of a queer sensibility, queer aesthetic(s), and queer sub-cultural styles on fashion over the past century"--
Japan fashion now by Valerie Steele( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and Danish and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With essays, this book looks at how the world of fashion has been transformed by contemporary Japanese visual culture.--[book cover]
Shoe obsession by Valerie Steele( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This fabulously illustrated book explores western culture's fascination with extravagant and fashionable shoes. Over the past decade, shoe design has become increasingly central to fashion, with fashion companies paying ever more attention to shoes and other accessories. High-heeled shoes, in particular, have become the fashion accessory of the 21st century. Co-written by one of the world's leading historians of fashion and an authority on fashion accessories, the book features approximately 150 pairs of the most extreme and ultra-fashionable styles of the past 12 years, including work by such prominent designers as Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy, Christian Louboutin and Bruno Frisoni for Roger Vivier, as well as shoes by influential design houses such as Azzedine Alaïa, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and Prada. Avant-garde styles by up-and-coming designers such as Japan's Kei Kagami and Noritaka Tatehana are also highlighted. Shoe Obsession examines recent extreme and fantastical shoe styles in relation to the history of high heels, the role of shoes as a reflection of their wearers' personality traits, and the importance of shoes in art and exhibitions. The book is lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs of spectacular contemporary shoe designs."--
Ralph Rucci : the art of weightlessness by Valerie Steele( Book )

12 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rijkgeïllustreerde monografie over leven en werk van de eerste Amerikaanse modeontwerper (1957- ) sinds de jaren dertig die in Parijs zijn haute couture mocht presenteren
Isabel Toledo : fashion from the inside out by Valerie Steele( Book )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the most exciting fashion designers in the United States, Cuban-born Isabel Toledo has been honored with a National Design award from the Cooper Hewitt Museum and a Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, given by The Museum at FIT. Yet her name and work have been recognized -- until recently -- only by fashion insiders. This ravishing book brings Toledo's creations to a wide audience, places them within the context of contemporary fashion, and examines her creative process." --Book jacket
Fashion designers A-Z : the collection of the Museum at FIT by Valerie Steele( Book )

48 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and German and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Fifty years of fashion : new look to now
Alternative Names
Fahnestock Steele, Valerie 1955-

Steele, Valerie Fahnestock

Steele, Valerie Fahnestock 1955-

Valerie Steele Amerikaans conservatrice

Valerie Steele écrivaine américaine

Valerie Steele escritora estadounidense

Valerie Steele US-amerikanische Modehistorikerin und Kuratorin

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English (312)

German (7)

Danish (2)

Spanish (1)

Encyclopedia of clothing and fashionParis fashion : a cultural historyThe corset : a cultural historyFetish : fashion, sex, and powerChina chic : East meets WestGothic : dark glamourFashion, Italian styleThe Berg companion to fashion