List of Illustrations Part One: Cultural Diseases 1 Introduction 2 Pleasure's Dangers 3 Looking Backward: Nostalgia Mode Part Two: Fashion 4 Magic Fashion 5 Glamour: The Secret Behind the Sheen 6 Dressed to Kill, 7 The Vicissitudes of Camouflage 8 Fashion and Memory 9 Urbane Fashion Part Three: The Future We Have Lost 10 Austerity in Retrospect: the Glamour of Masochism 11 Postwar Perverts 12 Bethnal Green Part Four: Magic Moments 13 Modern Magic 14 'Disorientated Agnosticism': Reading the Tarot 15 Secret Worlds 16 Temporary Gods 17 Conclusion Epilogue Notes Index
Ranging from Marcel Proust to tarot readings, from urban planning to interiors, the author investigates an underlying Puritanism in critical commentary on matters as wide ranging as Roger Federer and C S Lewis, Surrealism and fashion and the relationship of religion to fan culture.
Cultural critic and activist, Elizabeth Wilson is the author of Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity and of Bohemians: The Glamorous Outcasts (both I.B.Tauris), as well as Hallucinations and The Sphinx in the City. She has also written a series of crime novels, The Twilight Hour, War Damage and Dying for Peace. She is currently Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London and she lives in London.