Glamour: A History

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Oxford University Press, 2009 - Design - 472 pages
Here is the first ever history of glamour, ranging from Paris in the tumultuous final decades of the eighteenth century through to Hollywood, New York, and Monte Carlo in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from the glamorous fictional characters of Walter Scott to iconic figures such as Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe to modern idols such as Paris Hilton. The book maps the origins of glamour and investigates the forms that it took in modern times, discussing the role of writers, journalists, artists, photographers, film-makers and fashion designers, occupations like the model and the air stewardess, cities and resorts such as Paris, New York, and Monte Carlo, and products including luxury cars and jets--all of which are bathed in the public mind with the magical aura of glamour. And he shows how glamour feeds on the middle class yearning for a thrilling and colorful life, a yearning reinforced by the cinema and the press, which serve as a stage for acting out scenes of a desirable life.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Glamour and Modernity
18
2 Urban Enchantments
51
3 The Birth of Sex Appeal
78
4 Wealth Style and Spectacle
109
5 Café Society and Publicity
140
6 The Hollywood Star System
172
7 Paris Rome and the Riviera
199
9 Photography and the Female Image
267
10 Style Pastiche and Excess
306
11 Contemporary Glamour
347
Conclusion
388
Notes
397
Photographic Acknowledgements
456
Index
457
Copyright

8 Glamour and Mass Consumption
231

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Stephen Gundle is Professor of Film and Television Studies at Warwick University, having previously taught at Royal Holloway, University of London and both Oxford and Cambridge universities. He has written widely about Italian and European culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, hiswork focusing especially on the mass media, the cultural aspects of politics and fashion, and the impact of American modernity on European popular culture.

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