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Shoes: A Lexicon of Style (Lexicon of Style S.) [Hardcover]

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No matter how many pairs you have, no matter how closely you follow the trends, you're bound to discover something new in this savvy and irreverent study of contemporary women's shoes. All the top styles and major players are here---from Manolo Blahnik, master of the skyscraper heel to Tom Ford, the designer who sparked the resurgence of the famous Gucci loafer. Not limited to designers and trends, the book also explores the shoe's relationship to sex and gender roles. Are high heels a symbol of subordination or empowerment? What is the fascination that shoes hold for fetishists? Nothing is left unsaid here, with candid commentary ranging from Rupaul to the Wall Street Journal. Written with wit and style, and sumptuously illustrated with 200 color photos, Shoes: A Lexicon of Style is a book for the well-shod of every persuasion.




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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.4" Width: 6.61" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   1.23 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Scriptum Editions
ISBN  1902686489  
ISBN13  9781902686486  


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More About Valerie Steele


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Valerie Steele is Director and Chief Curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The author of numerous books, she is also editor-in-chief of "Fashion Theory: The journal of Dress, Body, and Culture".

Valerie Steele was born in 1955 and has an academic affiliation as follows - State University of New York.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Shoes: A Lexicon of Style (Lexicon of Style S.)?

for photos...  Jan 26, 2003
well... it's a hard cover.. nicely designed... neat book..
nice to have at home... to flip thru look @ different shoes..
for that purpose, a very nice book.. for the sheer joy of looking at the photos.... and i think that's enough..

but certainly not a book w/ extensive info on shoe history and all that.

 
Another Disappointed Reader  Jul 11, 2001
Although I rate this book somewhat higher than one star, I would have to agree that, given Valerie Steele's reputation and credentials, I had hoped for something more than a composite of fashion magazine photos. Particularly disappointing since this book was loosely considered a catalog in conjunction with the small, but interesting, exhibition held at Fashion Institute of Technology. Like the two earlier reviewers, I would agree that it contributes little to the scholarly history of footwear, still, I am glad to have it in my collection.
 
Another Disappointed Reader  Jul 11, 2001
Although I rate this book somewhat higher than one star, I would have to agree that, given Valerie Steele's reputation and credentials, I had hoped for something more than a composite of fashion magazine photos. Particularly disappointing since this book was loosely considered a catalog in conjunction with the small, but interesting, exhibition held at Fashion Institute of Technology. Like the two earlier reviewers, I would agree that it contributes little to the scholarly history of footwear, still, I am glad to have it in my collection.
 
I agree with the May 23 reviewer from Manhattan  Dec 24, 1999
The review from dated May 23rd from Manhatan expressing a disppointment expressed my feelings exactly.
 
Shoes- a contemporary look  Dec 6, 1999
This stylish book has more of a contemporary focus than most books on shoes, making it a "must-have" even if you already have several shoe books on your shelf. Stunning photographs by top fashion photographers, like Helmut Newton and Mario Testino, depict playful, sexy, sometimes fetishistic shoes by today's most innovative designers, including Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. The text explores the link between clothing and shoes, showing shoes by Bella Freud, and other fashion designers and exploring the role that trainers, sneakers, and sports shoes have on our contemporary conceptions of `cool.'
 

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