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A modern(ist) mode: fashion, 1910, and the limits of modernism

West, Emma 2011. A modern(ist) mode: fashion, 1910, and the limits of modernism. Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 1 (2) , pp. 65-78.

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Abstract

Since the British Association of Modernist Studies conference in Glasgow, December 2010, which considered Virginia Woolf’s famous assertion that “on or about December 1910, human character changed”, there has been a resurgence of interest in modernism’s origins. Developed from a paper given at this conference, this article interrogates the modernist construction of chronological limits, examining why such limits were imposed. Engaging with Woolf’s statement, it considers her claims from a hitherto unexplored angle – from the perspective of modern fashion. Focusing on the 1910/1911 season, and Paul Poiret’s revolutionary catalogue illustrated by Georges Lepape, it asks firstly whether Woolf’s claims can be substantiated, and secondly, and more importantly, whether limits themselves are a critically useful way of ordering and interpreting the past.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Uncontrolled Keywords: Modernism, fashion, 1910, Virginia Woolf, Paul Poiret.
Publisher: University of Ploieşti
ISSN: 2069-9271
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 2011
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 19:22
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/68709

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