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  • Ball Cap Nationby Jim Lilliefors

    Clerisy Press 2009; US$ 14.95

    As the country grows increasingly diverse and complicated, Americans seek, and occasionally find, a common thread to unite them. And, as Jim Lilliefors reveals in his new book, that common thread is what the baseball cap is made of — indeed, what has transformed it into America?s National Hat. As fads go, it?s no longer even a fad, but a part of the... more...

  • Blue Jeansby Daniel Miller; Sophie Woodward

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 29.95

    This fresh and accessible ethnography offers a new vision of how society might cohere, in the face of on-going global displacement, dislocation, and migration. Drawing from intensive fieldwork in a highly diverse North London neighborhood, Daniel Miller and Sophie Woodward focus on an everyday item?blue jeans?to learn what one simple article of clothing... more...

  • British Chimney Sweepsby Benita Cullingford

    New Amsterdam Books 2001; US$ 15.99

    The art and science of chimney sweeping, from the development of chimneys in the twelfth century to the patenting of mechanical devices in the late nineteenth century. Included are the personalities who dominated the trade (which surprisingly included several women sweeps); illustrations of the tools of the trade; sweeping techniques; the impact of... more...

  • The Civil Warby Karen Taschek

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 42.00

    During the bloodiest conflict the United States has ever known, the clothing of men, women, and children changed little as the country was consumed by war. Complete with ample sidebars, "The Civil War" gives readers the necessary background about this tumultuous time in American history so they can understand how clothing, from hooped skirts... more...

  • Clarity, Cut, and Cultureby Susan Falls

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 20.40

    Images of diamonds appear everywhere in Americanculture. And everyone who has a diamond has a story to tell about it. Ourstories about diamonds not only reveal what we do with these tinystones, but also suggest how we create value, meaning, and identity through ourinteractions with material culture in general. Things become meaningful through our... more...

  • Clothingby Robert Ross

    Wiley 2013; US$ 69.95

    In virtually all the countries of the world, men, and to a lesser extent women, are today dressed in very similar clothing. This book gives a compelling account and analysis of the process by which this has come about. At the same time it takes seriously those places where, for whatever reason, this process has not occurred, or has been reversed, and... more...

  • Consumption and Culture in Sixteenth-Century Irelandby Susan Flavin

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 115.00

    A detailed study of changing patterns of consumption, showing how these related to wider political, social and economic developments. more...

  • Costumeby Pravina Shukla

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 39.99

    What does it mean to people around the world to put on costumes to celebrate their heritage, reenact historic events, assume a role on stage, or participate in Halloween or Carnival? Self-consciously set apart from everyday dress, costume marks the divide between ordinary and extraordinary settings and enables the wearer to project a different self... more...

  • Die Medialität der Modeby Rainer Wenrich

    transcript 2015; US$ 29.99

    Kleidung und Bildende Kunst, Kleidung und Architektur, Kleidung und Politik - in der Kleidermode finden sich vielfache mediale Wechselwirkungen. Kleidung, wenn sie zu Mode, also zu einer kulturellen Praxis wird, besitzt eine eigene Medialität und integriert als Mittlung zwischen Subjekt und Umwelt Themen wie Globalisierung, Nachhaltigkeit und Transkulturalität.... more...

  • Dreaming of Chanelby Charlotte Smith; Grant Cowan

    Atria Books 2011; US$ 23.00

    Inheriting a priceless vintage clothing collection sounds like every woman?s dream come true. But when Charlotte Smith discovered that her American godmother, Doris Darnell, had made her custodian of more than three thousand pieces dating from 1790 to the 1990s, including originals by Chanel and Dior, she was more than a little daunted. Then Charlotte... more...