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Elizabeth Castaldo Lundén

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474461801

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461801.001.0001

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Style arbiters and the genesis of best- and worst-dressed lists

Style arbiters and the genesis of best- and worst-dressed lists

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(p.146) 6 Style arbiters and the genesis of best- and worst-dressed lists
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Fashion on the Red Carpet
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Elizabeth Castaldo Lundén

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461801.003.0007

This chapter looks into the role of central American figures that helped propagate interest in fashion among popular audiences. It describes the nature and origins of the best- and worst-dressed lists through their most emblematic exponents. It problematises the concept of expertise and historicises the role of these personalities as gatekeepers, mediators of cultural capital and entertainers, building up to the magnitude achieved by these lists today.

Keywords:   Best-dressed list, Eleanor Lambert, Maine Rousseau Bocher, Mr. Blackwell, NYDI or New York Dress Academy, Raymond Driscoll, The Fashion Academy, Vanity Fair, Worst-dressed list

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