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Lingerie: A Lexicon of Style [Hardcover]

Caroline Cox
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January 8, 2001 0312271417 978-0312271411 First Edition
Written by cultural historian and fashion academic Caroline Cox, Lingerie: A Lexicon of Style explores the fetish and fun of underwear, referring to influential designers, historical trends, and other factors that continue to shape how we perceive and wear lingerie.

A spirited, provocative, and thoroughly informed examination of ladies undergarments, Lingerie is a romp through more than 200 color photos accompanied by sparkling text that makes even the G-string seem faintly erudite. Begining with that most controversial item of feminine garb, the corset, Cox explores just how far this confining contraption has progressed over the past 200 years. The bra likewise comes under scrutiny in a witty appraisal of its iconic appeal. Panties, stockings, and suspenders; slips, peignoirs, and camisoles; and athletic-inspired vests and briefs are all covered (and uncovered) in an expert, artistic, and elegant fashion. In Lingerie, Cox gets to the crux of the evolution of erotic style.

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About the Author

CAROLINE COX is Pricipal Lecturer in Cultural & Historical Studies at the London College of Fashion. She broadcasts regularly on fashion for the BBC.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (January 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312271417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312271411
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books of its kind October 23, 2002
This book had got tons of excellent pictures and articles. It covers all items of the lingerie family; everything from the corsets, bras, camisoles, to the panties. It serves well either as a reference book or as a coffee table piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome coffee table book... November 23, 2008
By J. Page
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"Lingerie: A lexicon of style" is an outstanding photography book in a coffee table sized format. The narrative covers all of the standard female undergarments: corsets, panties, bras, etc. The photos are tastefully done with some interesting photographic effects (grayscale, colorizing, lighting). Even if it wasn't such a mesmerizing topic, the photography makes the book stand out.

The tags recommended by such as "erotica" give the book a smutty connotation - it definitely is not soft-core porn, or anything similar. However, it will be a definite conversation started when guests arrive.

Worth the cost if you're interested, or have a good collection of photography books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a cool book May 22, 2005
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Lingerie has good pictures and text. Very good book that's all I can say about it.
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