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  • Blue Jeansby Daniel Miller; Sophie Woodward

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 27.95

    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...

  • The Three-Piece Suit and Modern Masculinityby David Kuchta

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 15.95

    In 1666, King Charles II felt it necessary to reform Englishmen's dress by introducing a fashion that developed into the three-piece suit. We learn what inspired this royal revolution in masculine attire--and the reasons for its remarkable longevity--in David Kuchta's engaging and handsomely illustrated account. Between 1550 and 1850, Kuchta says,... more...

  • The Dressed Societyby Peter Corrigan

    SAGE Publications 2008; US$ 55.00

    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...

  • How Not to Wear Blackby Jules Standish

    John Hunt Publishing 2011; US$ 9.99

    This is the first self help book that looks seriously into the psychology behind why women wear black. In certain cultures it is expected that women hide themselves behind black, however women worldwide choose to wear it for their own reasons. They believe it to be slimming, smart, chic and easy to co-ordinate. 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...

  • Knickersby Rosemary Hawthorne

    Souvenir Press 2011; US$ 14.58

    Did you know--that before the 1800s no nice women wore knickers at all? That underneath their crinolines Victorian women wore knickers with separate legs? That before the advent of elastic, knickers were held up with buttons, tapes and even soldier straps? That until World War II many poorer people made their knickers our of flour bags? That during... 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...

  • The Face of Fashionby Jennifer Craik

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 70.95

    First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. 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...

  • Medieval Clothing and Textiles 8by Robin Netherton; Gale R. Owen-Crocker

    Boydell & Brewer 2012; US$ 60.00

    Pan-European research on medieval clothing and textiles, drawing from a range of disciplines. more...