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Cox, Caroline.
Seduction. A Celebration of Sensual Style.

New York Collins Design: 2006.

"From Marie Antoinette and Madame de Pompadour in pre-revolutionary France, through the queens of 1930s Hollywood like Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich, to modern sex sirens like Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, this large visual history explores the sensual style of the seductress, illustrated with full-page photos, film stills, and reproductions of period art. An international authority on the history of fashion, Caroline Cox explores the art of seduction, examining the many ways in which women have used their environment, apparel, and attitude to create their allure. "Beginning in the 18th century, Cox reveals how women have seduced men using everything from aphrodisiacs to lushly decorated boudoirs to the all-important deployment of stockings.... Her scholarly approach makes the work much more than a coffee table photo book, detailing not only what happened during a particular era, but extrapolating the consequences. Cox ably demonstrates, for instance, how something as simple as white satin 'transformed the look of fashion,' leading to a disregard for 'naturalness' in favor of 'artificially constructed glamour'."-Publishers Weekly".

Hardcover. 9"x12", 176 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90406
Price: $ 25.00      

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