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Steele, Valerie

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Most widely held works by Valerie Steele
Encyclopedia of clothing and fashion by Valerie Steele( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,953 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 )

54 editions published between 1988 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,618 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
Fifty years of fashion : new look to now by Valerie Steele( Book )

26 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and German and held by 1,490 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
Men and women : dressing the part by Claudia Brush Kidwell( Book )

12 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

41 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 1,086 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The corset is one of the most controversial garments in fashion history. This study explores why women continued to don steel and whalebone corsets for 400 years, and why they finally stopped. It also discusses the cultural history of the corset, demolishing myths and revealing its significance
Fashion and eroticism : ideals of feminine beauty from the Victorian era to the Jazz Age by Valerie Steele( Book )

10 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fetish : fashion, sex, and power by Valerie Steele( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 774 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 654 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."--Book jacket
China chic : East meets West by Valerie Steele( Book )

11 editions published in 1999 in English and German and held by 615 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 492 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
The Berg companion to fashion by Valerie Steele( Book )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 439 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 433 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
Fashion, Italian style by Valerie Steele( Book )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 431 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
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 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Christian Dior to Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, many of the greatest fashion designers of the past century have been gay. Fashion and style have played an important role within the LGBTQ community, as well, even as early as the 18th century. This provocative book looks at the history of fashion through a queer lens, examining high fashion as a site of gay cultural production and exploring the aesthetic sensibilities and unconventional dress of LGBTQ people, especially since the 1950s, to demonstrate the centrality of gay culture to the creation of modern fashion. Contributions by some of the world's most acclaimed scholars of gay history and fashion - including Christopher Breward, Shaun Cole, Vicki Karaminas, Jonathan D. Katz, Peter McNeil, and Elizabeth Wilson - investigate topics such as the context in which key designers' lives and works form part of a broader "gay" history; the "archeology" of queer attire back to the homosexual underworld of 18th-century Europe; and the influence of LGBTQ subcultural styles from the trouser suits worn by Marlene Dietrich (which inspired Yves Saint Laurent's "Le Smoking") to the iconography of leather. Sumptuous illustrations include both fashion photography and archival imagery"--
Shoes : a lexicon of style by Valerie Steele( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 382 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
Japan fashion now by Valerie Steele( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and Danish and held by 335 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 303 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

"Working quietly and without much public attention for more than twenty years, American fashion designer Ralph Rucci suddenly became a headline topic in 2002, when he was invited to show his collection at the haute couture in Paris - the first American to receive such an invitation since Mainbocher in the 1930s. This illustrated book is the first to explore in depth Rucci's life and work, including the inspirations behind the extraordinarily beautiful and very expensive clothes he creates." "The book is enhanced with more than 100 photographs that include runway images and Chado Ralph Rucci garments from the collection of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and from Rucci's own archives, as well as various inspirational objects and fashions."--BOOK JACKET
Isabel Toledo : fashion from the inside out by Valerie Steele( Book )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 264 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."--Jacket
Fashion designers A-Z : the collection of the Museum at FIT by Valerie Steele( Book )

50 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and German and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Encyclopedia of clothing and fashion
Paris fashion : a cultural historyFifty years of fashion : new look to nowThe corset : a cultural historyFetish : fashion, sex, and powerChina chic : East meets WestGothic : dark glamourThe Berg companion to fashionFashion, Italian style
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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