Author Bălășescu, Alexandru.

Title Paris chic, Tehran thrills : aesthetic bodies, political subjects / Alexandru Bălăşescu ; preface by Vintilă Mihăilescu
Published Villejuif Cedex : Zeta Books, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 302 pages)
Series Zeta series in anthropology & sociology ; vol. 1
Zeta series in anthropology & sociology ; vol. 1
Contents Contents: CHAPTER 1: FASHION AND THE ETHNOGRAPHIC SUBJECT Body Practices and Subjectivation Movement Urban Methods, or How to take the Metro to the field Objects of (for) Research Trajectories and Mediations CHAPTER 2: On the Timely Subject of Fashion The Fabric of Fashion License Power Techniques of Fashion Blaise, or a Brief Presentation of the Process of Production The Fabric of Design Time Brand New Subjects CHAPTER 3: Oriental Flavors. Designing (for) the Middle East in Paris Reliable Clients Orientalism and its discontents (A)political representations Dress: Practice and Representations Brand Orientalism Inside Out Dress Visible Subjectivation Latent Orientalism and Feminist Critiques: Inside the Modern Middle East CHAPTER 4: Space, Time, Dress, and Aesthetic Authority. Fashion and Modernity in the Urban Spaces of Tehran Modern Dressing in Iran Clothing Reforms in Iran between 1920 and 1940 Moral Dress and the Islamic Revolution Urban Spaces in Tehran Dressing the Muslim Women's Bodies Spaces, Dress, Places Fashion, Time, Consumption CHAPTER 5: Gendered Space and Fashion Catwalks: Paris and Tehran Lotous Fashion Show Mozaique reflections, 10.14.2003 CHAPTER 6: Traditionally Modern: the Haute Couture in Tehran Time for Fashion in Tehran Mahla or Fashion as Business Shadi or the Cosmopolitan Approach The Privilege of Exoticism CHAPTER 7: AFTER AUTHORS What Is a Copy? Signature, Mark, Territory "Everybody Is a Copy" Art for Designers, Copyrights for Business Authors, Power, Territory CHAPTER 8: PICTURED BODIES: PHOTOGRAPHING FOR FASHION IN TEHRAN The Ideal Body of "Modern" Photography CONCLUSION: modernity in Motion Forms of Mobility, Forms of Modernity
Summary Summary: "In this fascinating and unique book, Alexandru Balasescu explores questions of Islamic dress, modernity and public space in Paris and Tehran. How are we to understand the exclusion of the Islamic dress from public space in France if, at the same time, trendy French women and wealthy Middle Eastern tourists shop for designer-label hijab, apparently accepting its conversion into a (depoliticited, deracinated) commodity? And how are we to understand the creation of "designer label" Islamic dress, when fashionable women recast the meanings and practices associated with veiling, understood by Western observers to be the mark of their subordination to a religious regime, into couture? This challenging book significantly complicates the question of Islamic dress in the modern world, and, indeed, questions hallowed categories of religion, secularism, and modernity itself."--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references : pages [289]-302
Subject Fashion -- Social aspects -- France -- Paris.
Fashion -- Social aspects -- Cross-cultural studies.
Fashion -- Social aspects -- Franxe -- Paris -- France
Fashion -- Social aspects -- Iran -- Tehran.
Form Electronic book