THE SYLLABUS

Here you can find an evolving, incomplete list of the books, articles, blogs, films, etc. etc. etc, that I reference most frequently in my posts and/or really love and want other people to love, too. I don't know, why not? 

 

BOOKS

NON-FICTION

Class: A Guide Through the American Class System, Paul Fussel (1983)

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, Pierre Bourdieu 

La Société de Consommation, Jean Baudrillard 

Le Système des Objets, Jean Baudrillard 

The Age of Access, Jeremy Rifkin

Mythologies, Roland Barthes

Fashion: A Philosophy, Lars Svendsen 

The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Business of Fashion Forever, Terry Agins (2000)

The Language of Fashion, Roland Barthes (2013 Reprint) 

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster, Dana Thomas (2007)

Philosophie de la Mode, George Simmel (2013) 

Changing Clothes in China: Fashion, History, Nation, Antonia Finnane (2009)

The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective, Arjun Appadurai (1988)

At Home: A History of Private Life, Bill Bryson (2011)

Paris Fashion: A Cultural History, Valerie Steele (1988). Important note: Valerie Steele is a trailblazer and my absolute hero and I am making it my mission in life to read every single thing she has ever written. 

FICTION

Narcissus and Goldmund, Herman Hesse (1930)

Short Stories (esp. The Swimmer), John Cheever 

L'Amant, Marguerite Duras (1984)

Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (20th Anniversary Edition, 2016)


ARTICLES

China on the Catwalk: Between Economic Success and Nationalist Anxiety, Antonia Finnane, The China Quarterly

The Identity of Fashion in Contemporary China and the NewRelationships with the West. Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative  Process & the Fashion. S. Reinach (2012). 

 Art and Industry: The Language of Modernization in the Production of Fashion. N. Green. Journal of French Historical Studies 

                                                                                    BLOGS

Tomboy Style

Quite Continental (Browse the archives!)

Double Plus Lovely

Something Bespoke

Dead Fleurette/Bonjour Tristesse (Officially defunct, but archives are A+/her IG is still amazing)

Les Anti-Modernes

Vanessa Jackman

FILMS

 

Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

Annie Hall

Solaris - slog through the original Russian because Tarkovsky is GENIUS.

 

MUSIC