British fashion design : rag trade or image industry?Publication details: London ; New York : Routledge, 1998. Description: 1 online resource (viii, 208 pages)ISBN: 0203168011; 9780203168011Subject(s): Costume design -- Great BritainGenre/Form: Electronic books.LOC classification: TT504.6.G7 | M355 1998ebOnline resources: Click here to view e-Book
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Fashion design and cultural production -- Great debates in art and design education -- fashion girls and the painting boys -- Fashion education, trade and industry -- What kind of industry? From getting started to going bust -- mixed economy of fashion design -- art and craft of fashion design -- Manufacture, money and markets in fashion design -- new kind of rag trade? -- Fashion and the image industries -- Livelihoods in fashion.
Annotation British Fashion Design explores the tensions between fashion as art form, and the demands of a ruthlessly commercial industry. Based on interviews and research conducted over a number of years, Angela McRobbie charts the flow of art school fashion graduates into the industry; their attempts to reconcile training with practice, and their precarious position between the twin supports of the education system and the commercial sector. Stressing the social context of cultural production, McRobbie focuses on British fashion and its graduate designers as products of youth street culture, and analyses how designers from diverse backgrounds have created a labour market for themselves, remodelling `enterprise culture` to suit their own careers.
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