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Woman As Design: Before, Behind, Between, Above, Below
by Stephen Bayley
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Many books have appeared on the attractiveness of the female figure, but this excellent volume is different, offering a thoughtful and reasoned study of not only attractiveness but the broader implications of the way a woman uses the visual aspects of her body, and the way these aspects are used by others. It is an insightful book, and it is superbly produced, with a novel cover design – a thing of beauty indeed ( )
A completely original reappraisal of that most familiar, yet mysterious, of things, the female body. In this endlessly provocative volume, Stephen Bayley, design authority and cultural critic, takes on the female body, analyzing each crook and every curve as a sign, a symbol, and as a designed object. From Aphrodite to the industrialization of the breast, and from pin-ups to the future of sex, WOMAN AS DESIGN is a fascinating mix of design, cultural history, erotica, fashion, and fetishism. Wonderfully designed and superbly illustrated WOMAN AS DESIGN is a modern study of the continuous conflict between the real and the ideal...in its most familiar form.
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