Extreme Beauty Book Review – Architectural Fashion & More

3 Jul

Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed, Harold Koda. Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Extreme Beauty is a must-have book that fit in nicely somewhere between anthropologist Dr. Desmond Morris’s Bodywatching and Andrew Bolton’s Wild: An Extensive Exploration of Man’s Ongoing Obsession with Animalism as Expressed through Fashion.

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Extreme Beauty, published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and using much of their collection to illustrate the extreme styles trending through the centuries, covers everything from head-to-toe. It’s about architectural fashion starting starting at the neck (collars, necklines, native-stretching necklaces) and ending with the feet (Chinese binding to S&M Pleaser pumps). This oversized, lavishly illustrated and well written — though the too-tiny text does wear — paperback is a can’t miss purchase for the library of anyone who’s interested in the psychological aspects and physiological consequences of fashion. I loved it! (There’s even a little bit about [male] haberdashery — not too much, just enough to give the guys some equal time and the trivia tidbits are actually quite educational.)

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But Wait… There’s More!

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4 Responses to “Extreme Beauty Book Review – Architectural Fashion & More”

  1. mariafaysakura January 30, 2012 at 6:48 PM #

    This book is amazing – a real Treasure 🙂

  2. Regi August 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM #

    Hi there, i wanna ask you something about this book, is it come with hardcover or paperback?

    • stacilaynewilson August 8, 2014 at 8:43 AM #

      It’s a paperback.

      • Regi August 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM #

        Thank you 🙂

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