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  • 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...

  • Medieval Garments Reconstructedby Lilli Fransen; Anna Nørgård; Else Østergård

    Aarhus University Press 2011; US$ 22.00

    Short introduction to the amazing finds of garments from the Norse settlement of Herjolfnes in Greenland by Else Østergård. Chapters on technique: production of the tread, dyeing, weaving techniques, cutting and sewing by Anna Nørgaard. Measurements and drawing of garments, hoods, and stockings with sewing instructions by Lilli Frandsen. A practical... more...

  • Fashion in Popular Cultureby Joseph Hancock

    Intellect Books Ltd 2013; US$ 20.00

    This book cover both historical and contemporary concerns, including the role fashion plays in subcultures. Fashion is a phenomenon that exemplifies diversity across cultures.It is dependent on time and place and commonly defined as the prevailing style at a given moment or place. Fashion is codified and endowed with social meanings about gender, sexuality... more...

  • Dress to Expressby Tracy McWilliams

    New World Library 2012; US$ 9.95

    ?Why do some women exude confidence and look great in their clothes and others never feel good about how they look, no matter what they wear? And why do we claim we have ?nothing to wear? when our closets are bursting with choices? Clothing and dressing anxiety ? what Tracy McWilliams calls closet trauma ? occurs because we lack a clear sense of self... more...

  • Me and My Hairby Patricia Malcolmson

    Andrews UK 2013; US$ 11.99

    Good hair day? Bad hair day? Hair has always evoked strong emotions.In this fascinating book, Patricia Malcolmson examines how British women over the past 150 years have managed their hair, from the extravagant styles of the late nineteenth century to the ‘anything goes’ attitude of today, taking in along the way the daring bobs of the 1920s,... more...

  • Keeping Up Appearancesby Catherine Horwood

    The History Press 2011; US$ 7.99

    The British have always been concerned about accent, appearance and class, but at no time during the twentieth century was ?keeping up appearances? more important than during the 1920s and 1930s.   From the impecunious youth anxious to create a favourable impression at the local tennis club dance to female office workers advised by the Daily... more...

  • Fashion and Fetishismby David Kunzle

    The History Press 2006; US$ 7.99

    Presenting the history of corsetry and body sculpture, this edition shows how the relationship between fashion and sex is closely bound up with sexual self-expression. It demonstrates how the use of the corset rejected the role of the passive, maternal woman, so that in Victorian times it was seen as a scandalous threat to the social order. more...

  • Why Would Anyone Wear That?by Celia Stall-Meadows

    Intellect Books Ltd 2013; US$ 12.00

    Examine extreme fashions across time and place in this beautifully illustrated and specialized costume history book, Why Would Anyone Wear That? Fascinating Fashion Facts. Discover dozens of the most restrictive and inconvenient fashions and some of the most liberating and functional clothing items. Costume history abounds with unusual and bizarre... more...

  • Clothingby Robert Ross

    Wiley 2013; US$ 26.95 US$ 23.36

    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...

  • Victorian Secretsby Sarah A. Chrisman

    Skyhorse Publishing 2013; US$ 24.99

    On Sarah A. Chrisman?s twenty-ninth birthday, her husband, Gabriel, presented her with a corset. The material and the design were breathtakingly beautiful, but her mind immediately filled with unwelcome views. Although she had been in love with the Victorian era all her life, she had specifically asked her husband not to buy her a corset?ever. She?d... more...