Glamour: A History by Stephen Gundle

By Stephen Gundle

Here's the 1st ever background of glamour, starting from Paris within the tumultuous ultimate many years of the eighteenth century via to Hollywood, long island, and Monte Carlo within the 20th and twenty-first centuries, from the glamorous fictional characters of Walter Scott to iconic figures reminiscent of Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe to fashionable idols equivalent to Paris Hilton. The ebook maps the origins of glamour and investigates the kinds that it took nowa days, discussing the position of writers, newshounds, artists, photographers, film-makers and type designers, occupations just like the version and the air stewardess, towns and inns akin to Paris, long island, and Monte Carlo, and items together with luxurious vehicles and jets--all of that are bathed within the public brain with the paranormal air of mystery of glamour. And he indicates how glamour feeds at the heart type craving for an exciting and colourful existence, a craving bolstered by way of the cinema and the clicking, which function a degree for performing out scenes of a fascinating life.

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This is how she was portrayed, for example, in SoWa Coppola’s 2006 Wlm Marie Antoinette, in which she was played by the American actress Kirsten Dunst. Despite a haughty proWle, the queen was blonde and alluring and she endeavoured to please people. Frivolous and materialistic, she spent much time gambling, shopping, and having her hair done by her faithful coiVeur, Monsieur Le´onard. 26 Yet there was little or nothing about her personally that was geared to the conquest of wide popularity. Fundamentally, her sphere was a narrow one that did not extend beyond the nobility.

Scott contributed to the development of the medieval vogue that took hold in the Wrst decades of the century. He was not the founder of this genre of historical Wction. 55 The whole of European culture was inXuenced by his evocations of medieval and Renaissance chivalry and adventure. He was the Wrst novelist in Britain to become a public Wgure and to arouse enthusiasms that went beyond the conWnes of the established reading public. His literary creation of a world of adventure and heroism greatly appealed in a time of uncertainty and change.

91 42 Glamour and Modernity The decorative focus of Scott’s writings was noted by some of his contemporaries. 93 These were precisely the part that could most readily be assembled by means of compilation and imitation. This eclectic quality was the typical taste of a materially based society. Like the Scottish novels, Ivanhoe gave rise to a slew of works with English themes and settings that formed the basis for the extraordinary inXuence that he exercised over European culture in the nineteenth century.

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