Reading Fashion in Art
Reading Fashion in Art is the perfect text for students of fashion coming to art history for the first time as well as art history students studying dress in art and will be an essential handbook for any gallery visitor. The step-by-step methodology helps the reader learn to look at any work of art that includes the dressed or undressed body and confidently develop a critical analysis of what they see.
The first section of the book includes an introduction to visual analysis and explains how to 'read' fashion and dress in an artwork using the checklists. The second section offers case studies that demonstrate how artworks can be analyzed from the point of view of key themes including status and identity, modernity, ideals of beauty, gender, race, globalization, and politics.
By Ingrid E. Mida, Published by Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020, 224 pages, softcover.