Today, after my English class, I went to the bookstore and found these beautiful things. The bad thing is that the book that I needed wasn't available.
The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy by Gilles Lipovetsky
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Feminism: A Short Introduction by Margaret Walters
The one by Lipovetsky seems interesting. In the back cover it says:
"In a book full of playful irony and stricking insights, the controversial social philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky draws on the history of fashion to demostrate that the modern cult of appearance and superficiality actually serves the common good. Focusing on clothing, bodily deportment, sex role, sexual practices, and political rhetoric as forms of "fashion", Lipovetsky bounds across two thousand years of history, showing how the evolution of fashion from upper- class priviledge into vehicle of popular expression closely follows the rise of democratic values. Whereas Tocqueville feared that mass culture would create passive citizens incapable of political reasoning, Lipovetsky argues that today's mass- produced fashion offers many choices, which in turn enable consumers to become complex individuals within a consolidated, democratically educated society."
Let's read and see...