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Today, with the advent of ‘millennial pink’, the colour formerly associated with Barbie has acquired a new identity. Nor is this the first time the symbolism of pink has been radically transformed. In this volume, in collaboration with a major exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, curator and fashion historian Valerie Steele explores the history and significance of pink in fashion, art and culture from the 18th century to the present.
Steele and her co-authors tell the whole story of his controversial colour, emphasizing how its meanings changed throughout the centuries and across the globe, in cultures as diverse as France, India, Japan, Mexico and the United States. In 18th-century France, men and women alike wore pink, which was a fashionably ‘new’ colour. A century later, however, pink had become feminized and eroticized in the West (although it took longer for pink-versus-blue gender coding to develop).
Pink is beautifully illustrated, with illustrations of stunning pink fashions given context by photographs, advertisements and works of art. It features essays by scholars across the disciplines, giving readers access to a wealth of research into subjects as diverse as Hollywood films and the symbolism of the pink triangle. This book will appeal to all those interested in fashion and culture, as well as those who love pink.
Table of Contents
Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour, Valerie Steele • Panavision Pink: Deceptively Demure, Deborah Nadoolman Landis • Feminine Desire and Fragility: Pink in Eighteenth-Century Portraiture, A. Cassandra Albinson • Pink Predictions, Regina Lee Blaszczy In the Pink of Things: Gender, Sexuality and Race, Dominique Grisard • Mexican Rose, Tanya Melendez • The Colour of the Day: Many Shades of Pink in Japan, Masafumi Monden
'In Pink, Valerie Steele brews a mesmerizing potion of historic and cultural intrigue emitting from the world's most polarizing colour. I am always captivated by Dr. Steele's work, but Pink is especially hypnotic. Like me, you won't be able to put it down!' --Tim Gunn, Mentor, Project Runway
Confirmation, that being pink- from flamingo to fuchsia- is cool once more --Red
About the Author
Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and co-author of more than twenty books.