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- Penguin Group US 2008; US$ 15.00
With subscriptions nearing 1.2 million, Vogue magazine proves that if there's anything a fashionista enjoys as much as shopping, it's reading about fashion. With both an insider's relish and a layman's exasperation, The Meaning of Sunglasses offers an encyclopedia of style that celebrates the joys, the silliness, and the occasional insanity of... more...
- I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 29.00
From nineteenth-century broad arrows and black and white stripes to twenty first-century orange jumpsuits, prison clothing has both mirrored and bolstered the power of penal institutions over prisoners? lives. Vividly illustrated and based on original research, including throughout the voices of the incarcerated, this book is a pioneering history... more...
- Parkstone International 2012; US$ 9.95
What is the social merit or purpose of all those bras and panties on perfectly sculpted bodies that we see spread across billboards and magazines? Many women indulge in lingerie to please men. Yet, ever since Antiquity, women have always kept lingerie hidden away under outer garments. Thus, lingerie must be more than erotic bait. Authors Muriel... more...
- BRILL 2003; US$ 181.00
A scholar of history, Near Eastern languages, and women's studies (U. of Oklahoma), Yedida (1946-98) was considered an expert on the history of clothing of the Arab world, both Muslim and Jewish, from medieval to modern times. This book was over three-quarters finished when she died, and her partner and collaborator Norman (history, U. of Oklahoma) more...
- University of Minnesota Press 2007; US$ 67.50
In Sheer Presence, Marni Reva Kessler demonstrates how the ubiquitous veil and its visual representations knot together many of the precepts of Parisian life. Positioning the veil directly at the intersection of feminist, formalist, and social art history, Kessler offers a fresh perspective on period discourses of public health, seduction and sexuality,... more...
- Temple University Press 2009; US$ 27.95
Originally published in 1989, this ground-breaking ethnographic exploration of tattooing—and the art world surrounding it—covers the history, anthropology and sociology of body modification practices; the occupational experience of the tattooist; the process and social consequences of becoming a tattooed person; and the prospects of "serious"... more...
- SAGE Publications 2008; US$ 55.00
This exhaustive book demonstrates how dress shapes and is shaped by social processes and phenomena such as beauty, time, the body, the gift exchange, class, gender, and religion. It does this through an analysis of topics like the Islamic clothing controversy in state schools, the multitude of identities associated with dress, the Dress Reform movement,... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 39.95
The study of fashion has exploded in recent decades, yet quite what this all means, quite where it might take us, is not clear. This new book helps to bring fashion into focus, with a comprehensive guide to the key theories, perspectives and developments in the field. Fashion in Focus is the ideal companion for students in the arts and social... more...
- University of Minnesota Press 2011; US$ 75.00
In Ghana, adinkra and kente textiles derive their significance from their association with both Asante and Ghanaian cultural nationalism. Adinkra, made by stenciling patterns with black dye, and kente, a type of strip weaving, each convey, through color, style, and adornment, the bearer's identity, social status, and even emotional state. Yet both... more...
- Wiley 2011; US$ 20.95
If you just can't decide what to wear, this enlightening guide will lead you through the diverse and sometimes contradictory aspects of fashion in a series of lively, entertaining and thoughtful essays from prominent philosophers and writers. A unique and enlightening insight into the underlying philosophy behind the power of fashion Contributions... more...