Summary of The Essence of Style
From THE ESSENCE OF STYLE by Joan DeJean. Copyright © 2005 by Joan DeJean. Reprinted by permission of Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.
France was not always the global hub of stylishness and panache, but it assumed that role on purpose. Before 1660, the world did not look to Paris for the latest trends in food and fashion. France became the indisputable arbiter of style and taste due to the deliberate efforts of King Louis XIV during “the half century between 1660” and his death in 1715. Today, world of luxury still feels his influence. getAbstract believes history buffs as well as modern style-makers will enjoy this fascinating history of the rise of haute couture and haute cuisine under King Louis. Professor Joan DeJean’s prose will remind you more of an insider sharing delicious, slightly scandalous secrets than of a formal history’s cold text. While this isn’t a light read, it is a captivating, thorough account of a particularly glamorous and creative time.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the deliberate efforts of King Louis XIV gave birth to haute couture and haute cuisine,
- Why several luxury industries trace their roots to 17th-century France,
- How French style continues to wield influence today.
About the Author
Joan DeJean, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of several books about French culture.
Comment on this summary
Customers who read this summary also read
Applewood Books, 1986
Scott L. Montgomery and Daniel Chirot
Princeton UP, 2015
Applewood Books, 2002