Publications

Coming Soon: Fashion, Interior Design and the Contours of Modern Identity

I am excited to let you know about my colleague John Potvin’s new co-edited volume with Ashgate Publishing. I hope you will consider it for your personal or university library.

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Fashion, Interior Design and the Contours of Modern Identity Edited by Alla Myzelev, University of Western Ontario, and John Potvin, University of Guelph

Edited by Alla Myzelev, University of Western Ontario, and John Potvin, University of Guelph

“…a strong and innovative contribution to scholarship…where dress, interiors and personal identity come together. The book prompted me to think about my own scholarship in different and interesting ways.”
—Virginia Terry Boyd, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Challenging the notion that fashion and furniture were or are separate enterprises and distinct material aesthetic traditions, this collection focuses on three material and conceptual links central to understanding the relationship between interior design and fashion—the body, fabric and space.

The volume considers the changing visual, material and spatial character, methodological challenges posed by, and formal, political and historiographical significance of, a wide range of British, European and North American case studies since the eighteenth century. The volume’s eleven case studies allow the reader to understand connecting notions behind the formation of interiors and fashionable clothing. The essays combine a wide range of significant and challenging new examples alongside powerful reversionary analyses of the various periods, artists, designers and their best and significant objects.

Fashion, Interior Design and the Contours of Modern Identity is concerned not only with fabric, but also with the body and the implications of embodiment in the practices of both design domains which are equally invested in the comfort, aesthetic pleasure, extension and support of the body in different and yet seemingly identical ways.

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