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.
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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