The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy by Gilles Lipovetsky; Catherine Porter Review by: Linda M. G. Zerilli Political Theory, Vol. 24, No. 3 ( Aug. Carolyn J. Dean; Gilles Lipovetsky. The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy. Translated by Catherine Porter. Foreword by Richard.

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Melissa rated it really liked it Aug 26, Whereas Tocqueville feared that mass culture would create passive citizens incapable of political reasoning, Lipovetsky argues that today’s mass-produced fashion offers many choices, which in turn enable consumers to become complex individuals within a consolidated, democratically educated society.

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Princeton University Press, Sign in via your Institution Sign in. To ask other readers questions about The Empire of Fashionplease sign up. The priceofLipovetsky’s celebratory accountofthefashionsystemand hisfocusontheprocessofindividualization is theabsenceofanycompelling theory of socialstratificationandpower,especiallyas theyshapeconsumer practices.

The Empire of Fashion: Aleks rated it really liked it Jun 21, Book Reviews Gilles Lipovetsky. In The Empire of Fashion, French philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky provocatively places the individual and individualism at the center of his interpretive history of the past years of fashion in the West: Juangarciacolorado rated it it was amazing Oct 31, He demonstrates, withrareintellectual verve,theplace ofindividualstyle,the playfulness ofseeingandbeingseen,andtheunpredictability ofdesireinthe narcissistictheaterof self-adornment.

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By turnsseriousand outrageous, Lipovetsky’shigh-spirited polemicagainstintellectual snobbery and encrusted theoretical paradigms challengesthereaderto rethink therelationshipbetweenconsumerculture anddemocratic politics,narcissism,andthecommongood. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Focusing on clothing, bodily deportment, sex roles, sexual practices, and political rhetoric as forms of “fashion,” Lipovetsky boun In a book full of playful irony and striking insights, the controversial social philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky draws on the history of fashion to kipovetsky that the modern cult of appearance and superficiality actually serves the common good.

At thecenterof Lipovetsky’s accountof fashionis theprocessof indi- vidualizationand the sartorialsignification of personaluniqueness. He has divided this time period into three periods: So beginsGilles Lipovetsky’sbrilliantand maddeninginquiryintothe politicalsemiotics oftheculturalrealmofephemera andsuperficiality.

Butdoesmorechoiceinclothing, personalaccou- terments, orwhatever, amounttomoredemocracy? Superficiality fosters tolerance among different groups within a society, claims Lipovetsky.

The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy

He recognizes thattheideal ofbeautydoes nothavethesameimpacton menthatitdoes on women,but he persistsin seeingthisdiscrepancy in termsof women’stimelessand enviabledesireto be coquettish, to please and seduce. Dressing Modern Democracy review Jennifer M. Remember me on this computer. He created the concept of hypermodernity which succeeds the post modernity.

Lipovetskyrejectsaccountsof fashionthatviewitas a constant featureofall societies,arguinginsteadthat “thefashionmechanism has beenproducedonlyonce in history” p. Sexualdifference, inotherwords,guarantees boththepreservation of subjectivedifferences and the boundaries of semioticfree-play. Account Options Sign in. The Empire of Fashion: Related articles in Google Scholar. Sign In Forgot password? Ivonne Spinoza rated it really od it Oct 30, But his own tendencyis to substitute, at timesin an equally metaphysical manner, thedrivetowardindividualization forthestructural mechanisms ofcapitalaccumulation andclassrelations.

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As thereaderwillhavealreadysurmised, Lipovetsky belongsto a more recentgeneration ofFrenchsocialthinkers forwhomthevarioustheoretical paradigmsofclass conflict havelosttheirexplanatory value. Notonly does thisexplanation flyin thefaceof Lipovetsky’s own call fora more historicized accountof fashion, itbegsthequestionofwhythelimitofthe democratizing impulseis genderdifference.

Pedro Vieira lomar rated it it was ok Oct 10, Ferds rated it it was amazing Aug 16, Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? I am re-reading it in an effort to assimilate some of the new ideas I have learned about dress, body, and culture.

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In Greece,forexample,a single pieceofrectangular clothwaswornbybothsexeswitha considerable degree ofvariation, yetthepersonalrepertory ofself-adornment was itselfpredeter- minedby convention.

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Under the heading of “new french thought” Lipovetsky shares an interesting perspective on the forming of modern democracy. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Skip to main content. Apparently convincedthat,forwomen,”self-adornment and beautification no longer have anything to do withalienation,” Lipovetsky makestheobvioustheo- reticalmove: