Crafting Allure: Beauty, Culture and Identity

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Crafting Allure: Beauty, Culture and Identity

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Edited by Jacque Lynn Foltyn

Year: 2015

Format: eBook

 

Crafting Allure: Beauty, Culture, and Identity explores the complexity of physical beauty in eleven chapters, in four parts: Fashioning Beauty Cultures, Beauty Workers, Racialising Beauty, and Beauty in Architecture and Allegory.

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Crafting Allure: Beauty, Culture and Identity explores the complexity of physical beauty, the kind we can see in human beings, their representations, and in nature. From the self-presentations of eighteenth-century English ladies, to that of Civil Rights era African-American protestors, Afro-French women, and contemporary Asian-Indians; to the meanings of mannequins, retail beauty work, eating disorders, and hair; to a reconsideration of naturalised beauty in architecture, the embodiment of truth as a beautiful women, and what the appearance of Amerindians symbolised for Europeans of the Age of Exploration, culture and identity thread their way through the book. Written by scholars from a range of disciplines that reflect the book’s diversity as well as the complexity of visual beauty itself, Crafting Allure consists of eleven chapters divided into four parts: Fashioning Beauty Cultures, Beauty Workers, Racialising Beauty, and Beauty in Architecture and Allegory.

Introduction
Crafting Allure: Beauty, Culture and Identity
Jacque Lynn Foltyn

Part 1 Fashioning Beauty Cultures
The Image and the Invoice: Fashionable Consumption in the Eighteenth Century
Alexandra Meyer

Fashion and Beautification in India: Expressions of Individuality
Dolly Kumar

The ‘Beauty’ of Eating Disorders
Lisa Hodge

Part 2 Beauty Workers
The Silent Saleswomen: Mannequins, Visual Merchandising and Beauty for Sale
Jo Wiltshire Tidy

The Dislocation of Retail Beauty Workers: A Case Study
Guat Im Bok

Part 3 Racializing Beauty
Renaissance Concepts of Beauty and the Spanish Approach towards the Natives of the New World in the Sixteenth Century
Alex Kerner

Black Beauty Politics and the Afro-Modern French Woman 
Sarah Fila-Bakabadio

The Somatics of Hair Straightening 
Allison Vandenberg

Digital Beauty: Screening Black Hair in Cyberspace 
Ayana Haaruun and Melodye Watson

Part 4 Beauty in Architecture and Allegory
On the Figure of Nature in the Aesthetics Edifice of Architecture
Amir Ameri

Beauty, Truth and Ugliness in Visual Arguments
Menashe Schwed

Jacque Lynn Foltyn, PhD, Professor of Sociology, National University, La Jolla, CA, is editor of Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty and Style and Fashions: Exploring Fashion through Cultures. Her critiques have appeared in The New York Times, Allure, and More, and she has appeared on CBS 48 Hours and the BBC.