Fear and Fashion in the Cold War
Jane Pavitt Ridinghouse

Fear and Fashion in the Cold War

Pages

128

Format

Paperback

Release date

September 2008

Publisher

Ridinghouse

Weight

1.5 lbs

Size

7.9 x 0.5 x 10 "

This book explores Cold War fashion in all its aspects, ranging from innovations in materials to the cybernetic visions of the 1960s, from the bikini to the spacesuit, vinyl radiation suits to high-tech jewellery, Paco Rabanne to Barbarella. Set in the context of art, film, science and design, Pavitt explores how the image of the body was shaped by Cold War concerns - atomic anxieties, the space race, technological developments and the first forays into 'hyper-reality.' With a stunning selection of images alongside military, political and scientific research, the book shows how counter-cultural theories and experiences in the later 1960s shaped an alternative view of the 'Cold War Body'.