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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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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

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