From Wonder Womanâ€™s satin stars and golden bracelets to Batmanâ€™s brooding cape and mask, the style of superheroesâ€™ dress has influenced both street wear and high fashion. This richly illustrated book explores how radical couture, avant-garde sportswear, and state-of-the-art military garmentsÂ—as seen through the lens of the superheroÂ—can be metaphors for sex, power, and politics. Beginning with the origins of the superhero costume, this volume looks at how designers have been influenced by iconographic components such as the cape, mask, boots, and unitard. Costumes, such as those worn by Batman and Catwoman, are examined as reflections of sexual and physical prowess, while others, most notably those of Superman and Captain America, are analyzed as political propaganda.Â Superheroes also explores superpowers and their manifestationsÂ–Â–literal, symbolic, or metaphorical: Flashâ€™s speed, Iron Manâ€™s invulnerability, Hulkâ€™s strength, and Spidermanâ€™s agility are presented in their fantastical evocations.Â Featured designers include Pierre Cardin, John Galliano, Azzedine Alaia, Giorgio Armani, Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des GarĂ§ons, and Walter van Beirendonck.
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