Frances Wilson

Licence For Roving Hands

Woman as Design: Before Behind Between Above Below

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This is a coffee-table book for one of those coffee tables designed by the Sixties pop artist Allen Jones, in which a full-size prosthetic female on all fours, kitted out in a leather fetish kit consisting of a black corset, yellow hot pants, black lace-up boots and long black gloves, her pendulous breasts exposed and dangling, sports a sheet of glass along her back. A double-page spread of the image can be found on pages 30–31 of Woman as Design, Stephen Bayley’s excursion into the wonders of tits and arse from Aphrodite to Pamela Anderson.

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