MARCHESSINI, Demetri and Adrian Mott.
Women in Trousers: A Rear View.
(London): Ionian Illustrated editions [self-published], (2003).
4to (270 × 210 mm), pp.104. 48 black-and-white photographs by Adrian Mott. Introduction and commentary by Demetri Marchessini. Plain endpapers. Black textured paper-covered boards, spine and front lettered in gilt. Photo-illustrated dust-jacket, white, printed in blue; light wear to top edge of rear panel. Fine in a near-fine dust-jacket.
First edition. Demetri Marchessini is a London-based Greek financier, tournament bridge player, and sometime donor to UKIP. He claims to have always been a great admirer of women, and cares passionately about their appearance. Women in Trousers contains a series of candid photographs of women wearing trousers, all taken from behind. In the introduction Marchessini presents his argument as to why women should not wear trousers, giving the most important reason as being simply that men don't like them. 'What we propose to do in this book is to try to show you just how far women have gone to make themselves unattractive to men.'
The photographs that follow are paired with an increasingly misogynistic commentary by Marchessini, who seeks to legitimatise his views with pithy sartorial quotes by Ogden Nash, Beau Brummell, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, William Hazlett, William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker, Benjamin Franklin, Stephen Bayley, Fran Lebowitz, Yves Saint Laurent and others.
No copies in OCLC or Copac.
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