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Androgyne Patrick Mauries

Androgyne By Patrick Mauries

Androgyne by Patrick Mauries


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The first visually led survey of androgyny down the ages, and a compelling exploration of its current ascendancy.

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Androgyne: Fashion and Gender by Patrick Mauries

'This ad is gender neutral', proclaimed a 2016 poster for the fashion brand Diesel; 'I resist definitions', announced a Calvin Klein ad in the same year, while a Louis Vuitton shoot featured Jaden Smith, son of actor Will Smith, wearing a skirt like a natural. Fashion magazines have printed countless features on the blurring of gender barriers, while brands including Yves Saint-Laurent, Gucci, Burberry, Givenchy and Dolce & Gabbana have all interpreted the concept 'girls will be boys and boys will be girls' in their own individual style. The previous turn of the century was as obsessed with androgyny as this one, as seen in the art of Edward Burne-Jones and Gustave Moreau, and the writings of Oscar Wilde and the mystic Josephin Peladan. From the late 19th to the early 21st century, the genders have blended: from Berlin in the 1920s to Hollywood of the 1930s with Garbo to Dietrich; from the 1940s Bright Young Things to the androgynous pop stars of the 1970s, and beyond.

What do these variations on a theme have in common? What has caused the dizzying rise of androgyny? Why has this concept, a staple of ancient myth that was first discussed in Plato's Symposium, been revived today? Accompanied by a striking selection of contemporary photographs, Patrick Mauries presents a condensed cultural history of androgyny, drawing on the worlds of art and literature to give us a deeper understanding of the strange but timeless human drive to escape from defined categories.

Androgyne Reviews

'Unique ... offers multi-faceted perspectives into the drive to escape defined categories' - Aesthetica
'Beautiful' - Tatler

About Patrick Mauries

Patrick Mauries is a writer and publisher of many notable titles on fashion and design, including Jewelry by Chanel, A Cabinet of Rarities, The World According to Karl and Fashion Quotes to name a few, all published by Thames & Hudson.

Table of Contents

Introduction * 1. The Platonic Body * 2. A Body of Ivory * 3. The Body Inverted 4. Bodies in Opposition

Additional information

NPB9780500519356
9780500519356
0500519358
Androgyne: Fashion and Gender by Patrick Mauries
New
Hardback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
2017-10-19
192
N/A
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