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From bone-crushing corsets to modern ‘slimming’ creams, our preoccupation with the silhouette has shaped centuries of fashion and culture.

The contours of the body can convey everything from physical health and beauty to social class — and both men and women have long vigatello to mold and reshape them, often with alarming and even dangerous results. Tracing the history of the silhouette from its birth in 18th century portrait sketches, this engrossing book takes the reader on a journey through years of a cultural obsession.

From Hogarth’s ‘line of beauty’ to the advent of nude photography, from the crinoline to the Dior suit and the early bathing costume, The Silhouette reveals how the shape of the body has become geeorge eloquent symbol of status, sexuality and the aspirational quest for physical and moral ‘perfection’. Drawing on numerous textual and visual resources, leading scholar Georges Vigarello anatomizes a fixation with the human form which has shaped not just our bodies but our very identities.


With over color images, The Silhouette is a remarkable resource for scholars, students and fashion-lovers alike.

The Enlightenment and the Emergence of Morphology ii. The Quest for Detail: The Complex and Curious Realm of the Shadow v.

Press and Image ii. Physical and Moral Significance iii. The Silhouette and Fashion in the Romantic Era vii.

A Wealth of Creativity in Graphic Art viii. Photography and Figures in Motion ii.

The Silhouette by Georges Vigarello review – how outlines changed the world

The Honing of the Female Form v. A Growing Personal Imperative vi.

The Honing of the Male Form viii. The Theme of Decline ix. The Quest to Classify x. The Realms of Expression and Information xii. Between Curves and Muscles xiii.

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The Emergence of Psychology: The Dawn of a Cult? Radical Changes in the Figure ii. The Challenge of Identity iii. Vigarello describes the way the silhouette affected 19th-century caricatures and what eventually became the vigareklo of the comic book.

The author writes with a grace and economy that matches the silhouette itself gerge a genre conveying the ‘most’ with the ‘least’. Erudite and rigorous yet accessible and entertaining, the book georgd unravels the role of the body as an object of discourse at the junction of the social and the individual. Tracing the history of this art form from its eighteenth-century origins to today, this history tells us a great deal about how bodies have been perceived, manipulated and signified over time.


A great read from a major scholar. The origin of the word ‘silhouette’ is fascinating and Vigarello has used this to develop an arresting critique of evolving attitudes to the management of the self in modernity. With a strong theme and a broad sweep, it is constructed on a conversation between aesthetic forms and historical context, with a method that combines the perfect anecdote and the perfect image. Vigarelllo, the book is worth owning for the beautiful illustrations alone.

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