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Andrew Bolton

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2008
160 pages
270 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9780300136708

Fashion designers have always been fascinated by the idea of how clothing can transform the body, and even the perceived character of the wearer. In fiction this metamorphosis is the province of the superhero, a character who symbolizes man's desire to go beyond the boundaries of mortal limitations. This volume explores the symbolic and metaphorical associations between fashion and the superhero. The power of fashion, like the power of the superhero, lies in its ability to transcend the humdrum and commonplace. This volume examines the influence on fashion of the costumes of superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Captain America, and Spider-Man, as represented in comic books, film, and television. The suits and capes of these superheroes not only proclaim their amazing powers, but also provoked new designs in avant-garde haute couture, ready-to-wear, and high-performance sportswear.


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