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Critical Luxury Studies: Art, Design, Media

John Armitage and Joanne Roberts


This book presents an examination of the relations between historical and, crucially, contemporary ideas of luxury. The book provides a technocultural focus on aesthetic, design-led media practice with key case studies, including Hiroshi Sugimoto's Silk Shiki for Hermès, the plain white T-shirt, and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LMVH). To understand luxury, the book considers the socio-cultural value and market price of luxury; the desire for luxury; the social and spatial construction of luxury; the object and art of luxury consumption; architecture as a luxury commodity; and geographies of pr ... More

Keywords: luxury, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Moët Hennessy, socio-cultural value, market price, desire, luxury consumption, architecture, luxury commodity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474402613
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Armitage, editor
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

Joanne Roberts, editor
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

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