Sure, we have a good three or four genocide titles just waiting on our shelf, but in keeping with a less depressing PD, this month’s book pick The Essence of Style looks at how government has shaped taste.
Joan DeJean’s The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour outlines how the regulations imposed by King Louis XIV still impact the styles and brand hierarchy of today.
What exactly is the Essence of Style?
With 320 pages of government enforced coiffing, decadence, consumption and debt, you’ll find yourself shocked by how much of those King Louis XIV values continue to reign supreme.
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