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Costume. Dress. Fashion

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  • The Story of Lingerieby Muriel Barbier

    Parkstone International 2015; 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...

  • 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...

  • Bodywork - Dress as Cultural Toolby Janet Andrewes

    BRILL 2004; US$ 85.00

    This book describes how style of dress influences the body?s demeanour and habit. In describing dress practices in three West African communities - Muslim, Animist and Christian ? it considers the role played by dress in the enculturation of the body. more...

  • The Dressed Societyby Peter Corrigan

    SAGE Publications 2008; US$ 44.00

    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...

  • The Fabric of Culturesby Eugenia Paulicelli; Hazel Clark

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 41.95

    Fashion is both public and private, material and symbolic, always caught within the lived experience and providing an incredible tool to study culture and history. The Fabric of Cultures examines the impact of fashion as a manufacturing industry and as a culture industry that shapes the identities of nations and cities in a cross-cultural perspective,... more...

  • Fashion In Focusby Tim Edwards

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 39.95

    The study of fashion has exploded in recent decades, yet what this all means or 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. Tim Edwards includes coverage of all the major theories of fashion, including recent... more...

  • An Intimate Affairby Jill Fields

    University of California Press 2007; US$ 17.56

    Intimate apparel, a term in use by 1921, has played a crucial role in the development of the "naughty but nice" feminine ideal that emerged in the twentieth century. Jill Fields's engaging, imaginative, and sophisticated history of twentieth-century lingerie tours the world of women's intimate apparel and arrives at nothing less than a sweeping view... more...

  • Kimonoby Terry Satsuki Milhaupt

    Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 29.00

    What is the kimono? Everyday garment? Art object? Symbol of Japan? As this book shows, the kimono has served all of these roles, its meaning changing across time and with the perspective of the wearer or viewer.              Kimono: A Modern History begins by exposing the seventeenth- and... more...

  • Pricing Beautyby Ashley Mears

    University of California Press 2011; US$ 29.95

    Sociologist Ashley Mears takes us behind the brightly lit runways and glossy advertisements of the fashion industry in this insider?s study of the world of modeling. Mears, who worked as a model in New York and London, draws on observations as well as extensive interviews with male and female models, agents, clients, photographers, stylists, and others,... more...

  • Chinese Dressby Valery Garrett

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 65.00

    Featuring over 450 archival photographs and line drawings, Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present traces the evolution of Chinese clothing from court and formal costumes to the fashions of modern China. A comprehensive and sumptuously illustrated book, Chinese Dress is the essential reference for costume historians, fashion designers... more...