EDITH WHARTON AND THE MAKING OF FASHION KATHERINE JOSLIN

EDITH WHARTON AND THE MAKING OF FASHION
EDITH WHARTON AND THE MAKING OF FASHION
Item# ISBN 978-1-611682182
$40.00

That a book on Wharton and fashion should be as gorgeous as this one is only fitting. The reprints of paintings and photographs of dresses from museum collections and of Wharton wearing a variety of fashions enhance the reader's sense of the impact of material culture on Wharton's fiction. The book is concerned not simply with the clothes that fictional and real women wore during this period but also with the production and labor associated with the garment industry. Offering intriguing details about turn-of-the-century apparel as well as an entirely new way to understand Wharton---one turning on the symbolic resonance of dress--this book offers up a fascinating approach to Wharton's astute chronicle of culture. Highly recommended. Paperback. 252 pages