This extraordinary book examines the 'culture of excess' in all its twentieth-century manifestations. Fashion, film, photography, design and interior decoration - all feature in Stephen Calloway's meticulous coverage of the colourful, the opulent and the theatrical.


The author examines early examples of Baroque excess - by the Sitwells, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean and others - as well as the darker Baroque spirit of the wartime Neo-Romantics and film-makers such as Fellini and Jarman. Tracing the Baroque tendency all the way into the 1990s, he shows how ideas have been cross-fertilized, providing links between such unlikely bedfellows as Leon Bakst and Luis Buñuel, Coco Chanel and Nigel Coates, Liberace and Lacroix.


Illustrated with a wealth of photographs, this book provides a celebration that is truly Baroque in substance and in spirit.

Baroque Baroque: The Culture of Excess by Stephen Calloway (used)

  • Phaidon Press 1994

    Used hardcover in very good condition with plastic jacket cover

    240 pages

    162 illustrations

    11 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches

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