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Fashion under the Occupation provides the only in-depth history of the blackest years in French history, long overlooked by fashion history because of the impoverished industry and deprivations that affected design. Widely acknowledged as the authoritative work on fashion during this period, it is available in English for the first time and will be essential reading for anyone interested in fashion, French cultural history, and particularly the German Occupation of France.
"From Tilar Mazzeo, the author of the bestselling The Widow Clicquot, a captivating new book that shares her journey to discover the secret behind the creation, iconic status, and extraordinary success of Chanel No. 5, the world's most famous perfume"--Provided by publisher
We are all familiar with the stereotype of the German woman as either a Brunhilde in uniform or a chubby farmer's wife. However, throughout the interwar period fashion was one of Germany's largest industries and German women ranked among the most elegantly dressed in all of Europe. This book explores the failed attempt by the Nazi state to construct a female image that would mirror official gender policies, instill feelings of national pride, promote a German victory on the fashion runways of Europe, and support a Nazi-controlled European fashion industry. Nazi Chic? is the first book in English to deal comprehensively with German fashion from World War I through to the end of the Third Reich.
An exhibition organized and held in The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from December 8, 1990 through April 14, 1991, in collaboration with the Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Washington, and the Museé des Arts de la Mode, Paris.