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List of Figures Acknowledgements Time in Fashion: An Introductory Essay - Caroline Evans and Alessandra Vaccari Section I: Industrial Time 1. The Murderous, Meaningless Caprices of Fashion - Karl Marx 2. The Acceleration of Fashion Change in the 18th Century - Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell 3. The Temporal Architecture of Fashion: Its Seasons and Weeks - Aurelie van de Peer 4. Threadbare Dandy Fashion - Jules Barbey-d'Aurevilly 5. The Pace of Fashion - Georg Simmel 6. My Best Work is Done Only When I am Under Pressure - Mary Quant 7. We're Stuck Between the Old and the New Rhythm - Christophe Lemaire 8. New Fashion Media and the Acceleration of Fashion Time - Agnes Rocamora 9. Standard Minute Value (SMV) for a T-Shirt - Ramij Howlader, Monirul Islam (Rajib), Tanjibul Hasan Sajib, Ripon Kumar Prasad 10. Fashion, Fast and Slow - Kate Fletcher 11. Subverting the Seasonal Construct - Samuel Patrick Thomas Section II: Antilinear Time 12. Jetztzeit and the Tiger's Leap - Walter Benjamin 13. Illusion Tulle and La Derniere Mode - Stephane Mallarme 14. The Evaporation of Temporality - Ulrich Lehmann 15. Fashion, Femininity and Modernity - Ilya Parkins 16. The Residue that History has Discharged - Siegfried Kracauer 17. Colonial Time - Victoria L. Rovine 18. The Historical Mode - Richard Martin and Harold Koda 19. Cuttings and Pastings in the Archive - Alistair O'Neill 20. Martin Magiela's Carnivalized Time - Francesca Granata 21. Quotations: The Past and Future of Fashion - Angelo Flaccavento 22. Vintage Fashion and Memory - Heike Jenss Section III: Uchronic Time 23. Fashion, A Time Which Does Not Exist - Roland Barthes 24. Sovereign Time - Patrizia Calefato 25. The Art of the Perfect Moment - Barbara Vinken 26. Fashion is Now and Tomorrow - Karl Lagerfeld 27. Made in Italy and Double Vintage - Simona Segre Reinach 28. Final Adjudication on Two National Press Advertisements for Louis Vuitton - Advertising Standards Authority 29. I Have Seen Her in the Mirror - Elsa Schiaparelli 30. Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: Impossible Conversations - Miuccia Prada 31. Doppie Pagine - Anna Piaggi 32. The Otherworldly - Greg French 33. Fashion Fabulation: Serpica Naro at Milan Fashion Week 2005 - Ilaria Vanni 34. Queer Time - Emma Katherine Atwood 35. Miss Haversham - Charles Dickens 36. The Simultaneous Dress - Paola Colaiacomo Bibliography Index

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In an anthology of writings by major figures from fashion and philosophy, authors explore the integral relationship between fashion and time using three unorthodox time theories.

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Caroline Evans is Professor Emerita of Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK. Alessandra Vaccari is Associate Professor of Fashion History and Theory at Universita Iuav di Venezia, Italy.


An astute and generous contribution to the field, this thoughtful and highly readable collection promises to generate much exciting work around fashion's chronologies in the years to come. * Christopher Breward, Director, National Museums Scotland, UK *
A fascinating anthology that will inspire both fashion creatives and fashion scholars. * Valerie Steele, Director, Museum at FIT, New York, USA *
In this ground-breaking study, Evans and Vaccari open a new era in our understanding of the subject with a forensic analysis of its complexities in their introduction, backed up by a dazzling range of essays and extracts from past and contemporary writers. * Elizabeth Wilson, author of Adorned in Dreams *
Offering invaluable insights into fashion's complex relationship to time, the diversity and quality of the contributions make this anthology a gratifying read and an essential reference for anyone seeking deeper understanding of fashion. * Hazel Clark, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, USA *

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