The Essence of Style DeJean, Joan

The Essence of Style

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What makes fashionistas willing to pay a small fortune for a particular designer accessory? Why does a special occasion only become really special when a champagne cork pops? Why are diamonds the status symbol gemstone, instantly signifying wealth, power, and even emotional commitment? Writing with great elan, one of the foremost authorities on seventeenth-century French culture provides the answer to these and other fascinating questions in her account of how, at one glittering moment in history, the French under Louis XIV set the standards of sophistication, style, and glamour that still rule our lives today. Joan DeJean takes us back to the birth of haute cuisine, the first appearance of celebrity hairdressers, chic cafes, nightlife, and fashion in elegant dress that extended well beyond the limited confines of court circles. And Paris was the magical center -- the destination of travelers all across Europe. Full of wit, dash, and verve, The Essence of Style will delight fans of history and everybody who wonders about the elusive definition of good taste.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9780743264143
BY (AUTHOR) DeJean, Joan
PUBLISHER : Simon & Schuster PUBLICATION DATE : June 06, 2006
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United States IMPRINT : The Free Press
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 214 mm x 140 mm
WEIGHT : 305 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
History & Archaeology
The Arts
DESCRIPTION : What makes fashionistas willing to pay a small fortune for a particular designer accessory? Why does a special occasion only become really special when a champagne cork pops? Why are diamonds the status symbol gemstone, instantly signifying wealth, power, and even emotional commitment? Writing with great elan, one of the foremost authorities on seventeenth-century French culture provides the answer to these and other fascinating questions in her account of how, at one glittering moment in history, the French under Louis XIV set the standards of sophistication, style, and glamour that still rule our lives today. Joan DeJean takes us back to the birth of haute cuisine, the first appearance of celebrity hairdressers, chic cafes, nightlife, and fashion in elegant dress that extended well beyond the limited confines of court circles. And Paris was the magical center -- the destination of travelers all across Europe. Full of wit, dash, and verve, The Essence of Style will delight fans of history and everybody who wonders about the elusive definition of good taste. PRODUCT DETAILS : ISBN : 9780743264143 BY (AUTHOR) DeJean, Joan PUBLISHER : Simon & Schuster PUBLICATION DATE : June 06, 2006 COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United States IMPRINT : The Free Press LANGUAGE : English AGE : General PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback DIMENSION : 214 mm x 140 mm WEIGHT : 305 g PRODUCT CATEGORY : History & Archaeology The Arts