This semester a Loyola communication class has been working on how to advertise V&R. The professor of the class, Dr. Paola Pascual-Ferra, thinks it an interesting marketing problem: How to advertise a book published exclusively as a website? I meet the class next week to listen to their ideas. I’m excited!
Here are some questions I wrote for the students to aid their reading of the text, and they might assist other readers.
Preface: What do we venerate? Do we worship the right things?
Introduction: Is fantasy bad for us? Is truth essential for good human relationships? Is fashion about fantasy or truth?
Ch. 1: Humans are creatures who love adornment. Luxury and privilege make adornment possible so can these really be morally bad, as many seem to say?
Ch. 2: What about people with “bad” or broken bodies: How do they fit into the world of fashion? Does fashion marginalize?
Ch. 3: In what ways can clothes contribute to justice?
Ch. 4: Do we have a twisted relationship to celebrity? Can it be corrected?
Ch. 5: Has Cucinelli got it right? Does fashion need the past as much as the future?
Ch. 6: Why is James Bond so iconic?
Ch. 7: Where is beauty found in ordinary life? How important is “Street Fashion”?
Ch. 8: How has Catholicism inspired fashion? Is that surprising?
Conclusion: How does fashion link to Loyola University’s basic ethic: cura personalis?