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Author Zdatny, Steven.

Title Fashion, work, and politics in modern France / Steven Zdatny
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 325 pages) : illustrations
Contents The Rise of Coiffure Pour Dames -- The Poorest of Trades -- The Bob -- Back to the Barricades -- Fat Years, Lean Years -- The Failure of the Popular Front -- Hair in War and Occupation -- Aryanization, Collaboration, Resistance -- Dark Days, Bright Future -- Conclusion
Summary The twentieth century brought fashion to the masses, as consumption spilled over its traditional social boundaries and individuals began increasingly to define themselves by what they bought and how they looked. Because hairstyles became a particular emblem of the 'New Woman' and subsequent versions of the modern consumer, the hairdressing profession provides a unique perspective on the evolution of mass consumer society in this era. Yet one person's fashion is another's business and still another's labour; cultural history at one level is social and political at another. From grotty neighbourhood barbershops to gleaming downtown salons, fashion had to be produced as well as consumed. This made hairstyles as much a matter of prices, wages and work schedules as of shampoos and dye-jobs. This history of coiffure in modern France therefore illuminates a host of important twentieth-century issues: the course of fashion, the travails of small business in a modern economy, the complexities of labour reform, the failure of the Popular Front, the temptations of Petainism, the changing sensibilities of personal hygiene all accompanied by a parade of waves, chignons, and curls
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-307) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Beauty, Personal -- France -- History.
Hairdressing -- France -- History.
Hairstyles -- France -- History.
France -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Computer network resources
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005053504
ISBN 1281365947
140398445X (electronic bk.)
9781403984456 (electronic bk.)