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Costume. Dress. Fashion

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Unveiling Fashionby Frédéric Godart

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 44.00

    Proposing a comprehensive account of the global fashion industry this book aims to present fashion as a social and cultural fact. Drawing on six principles from the industry, Godart guides the reader through the economic, social and political arena of the world's most glamorous industry. 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 - Philosophy for Everyoneby Fritz Allhoff; Jessica Wolfendale; Jeanette Kennett; Jennifer Baumgardner

    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...

  • 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...

  • Fashion In Focusby Tim Edwards

    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...

  • Dress Behind Barsby Juliet Ash

    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...