Deco Dandy

Author: John Potvin

Richly illustrated with over 110 colour and black and white images, the book productively contests the supposedly exclusive feminine aspect of the style moderne (art deco). It explores how alternative, parallel and overlapping experiences and expressions of decorative modernism, nationalism, gender and sexuality in the heady years surrounding World War I converge in the protean figure of the deco dandy. As such, the book significantly departs from and corrects the assumptions and biases that have dominated scholarship on and popular perceptions of art deco. The book outlines how designed products and representations of and for the dandy both existed within and outwith normative expectations of gender and sexuality complicating men’s relationship to consumer culture more broadly and the moderne more specifically. Through a sustained focus on the figure of the dandy, the book offers a broader view of art deco by claiming a greater place for the male body and masculinity in this history than has been given to date. The mass appeal of the dandy in the 1920s was a way to redeploy an iconic, popular and well-known typology as a means to stimulate national industries, to engender a desire for all things made in France. Important, essential and productive moments in the history of the cultural life of Paris presented in the book are instructive of the changing role performed by consumerism, masculinity, design history and national identity.

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 <p><style type="text/css">.series {color: rgb(0, 0, 0, 0.87)}.serieslink a {font-size: 14px;color: #25426c;text-decoration: none;}.serieslink a:hover {background-color: #E8EBF0;}</style></p><p class="serieslink"><strong><span class="series">Series:</span></strong><span class="series">&#160;</span><a href="/page/138/art-and-visual-culture/#design-material-culture">Studies in Design and Material Culture</a></p>

 

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