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Costume. Dress. Fashion

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  • The Silk Weavers of Kyotoby Tamara Hareven

    University of California Press 2003; US$ 33.95

    The makers of obi, the elegant and costly sash worn over kimono in Japan, belong to an endangered species. These families of manufacturers, weavers, and other craftspeople centered in the Nishijin weaving district of Kyoto have practiced their demanding craft for generations. In recent decades, however, as a result of declining markets for kimono,... 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...

  • 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...

  • Fashion, Work, and Politics in Modern Franceby Steven Zdatny

    Palgrave Macmillan 2006; US$ 105.00

    This history of coiffure in modern France illuminates a host of important twentieth-century issues: the course of fashion, the travails of small business in a modern economy, the complexities of labour reform, the failure of the Popular Front, the temptations of Pétainism, all accompanied by a parade of waves, chignons, and curls. more...

  • Greek and Roman Dress from A to Zby Liza Cleland; Glenys Davies; Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

    Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 54.95

    How did the ancient Greeks make blusher from seaweed? Just how does one wear a toga? This work presents an alphabetized compendium of styles and accessories that form the classical image. The entries cover individual aspects of dress alongside surveys of topics and socio-cultural analysis, drawn from ancient art, literature and archaeology. more...

  • Londonby Alistair O'Neill

    Reaktion Books 2007; US$ 24.95

    A fascinating look at style and urbanism, London - after a Fashion offers an intriguing reconsideration of the role of fashion in city life and fills in long overlooked gaps in the history of London and modern design. more...

  • Chinese Dressby Valery Garrett

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 65.00

    Against a background of historical, cultural and social change comes Chinese Dress , a comprehensive and sumptuously illustrated book examining the extraordinary range of Chinese dress. Skillfully weaving together everything from court and formal costumes through to the working attire of the lower classes and the latest fashions of New China, Chinese... more...

  • Fashion in Costume 1200-2000, Revisedby Joan Nunn

    New Amsterdam Books 2000; US$ 21.99

    Joan Nunn's detailed survey of costume in the Western world over the past eight centuries not only gives the reader a vivid visual impression of the clothes themselves, but also outlines the historical and social background and the changes in manufacturing techniques that have influenced or dictated what people wore. more...