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Costume. Dress. Fashion

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  • Arab dressby Y.K. Stillman; N.A. Stillman

    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...

  • The Meaning of Sunglassesby Hadley Freeman

    Penguin Publishing Group 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...

  • Dress Behind Barsby Juliet Ash

    I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 28.00

    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...

  • The Story of Lingerieby Muriel Barbier; Shazia Boucher

    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...

  • Sheer Presenceby Marni Reva Kessler

    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...

  • Customizing the Bodyby Clinton Sanders; D Angus Vail

    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" tattooing... more...

  • The Copyright Thing Doesn't Work Hereby Boatema Boateng

    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...

  • Veiling in Africaby Elisha P. Renne

    Indiana University Press 2013; US$ 23.99

    The tradition of the veil, which refers to various cloth coverings of the head, face, and body, has been little studied in Africa, where Islam has been present for more than a thousand years. These lively essays raise questions about what is distinctive about veiling in Africa, what religious histories or practices are reflected in particular uses... more...

  • Modest Fashionby Reina Lewis

    I.B.Tauris 2013; US$ 28.00

    Modest dressing, both secular and religious, is a growing trend across the world, yet so far it has been given little serious attention and is rarely seen as fashion. Modest Fashion uniquely studies and addresses both the consumers and the producers of modest clothing. It examines the growing number of women who, for reasons of religion, faith or... more...

  • Fashion as Communicationby Malcolm Barnard

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 39.95

    What kinds of things do fashion and clothing say about us? What does it mean to wear Gap or Gaultier, Milletts or Moschino? Are there any real differences between Hip-Hop style and Punk anti-styles? In this fully revised and updated edition, Malcolm Barnard introduces fashion and clothing as ways of communicating and challenging class, gender, sexual... more...