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  • The Three-Piece Suit and Modern Masculinityby David Kuchta

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 15.95 US$ 12.76

    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$ 44.00

    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...

  • 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...

  • An Intimate Affairby Jill Fields

    University of California Press 2007; US$ 17.56 US$ 14.05

    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...

  • Recycling Indian Clothingby Lucy Norris

    Indiana University Press 2010; US$ 21.20

    In today's globally connected marketplace, a wedding sari in rural north India may become a woman's blouse or cushion cover in a Western boutique. Lucy Norris's anthropological study of the recycling of clothes in Delhi follows garments as they are gifted, worn, handed on, discarded, recycled, and sold... more...

  • Balinese Masksby Judy Slattum; Hildred Geertz

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 18.99

    The unique and stunning masks used in Balinese rituals are explored in great detail in Balinese Masks . Masked performances are an ancient and integral part of Balinese rituals and are much more than mere spectacles for audiences. The masks serve both as visual aids in the portrayal of Bali's courtly legends and as harnessers of invisible forces.... 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...

  • Dress and the Roman Womanby Kelly Olson

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 42.95

    In ancient Rome, the subtlest details in dress helped to distinguish between levels of social and moral hierarchy. Clothes were a key part of the sign systems of Roman civilization ? a central aspect of its visual language, for women as well as men. This engaging book collects and examines artistic evidence and literary references to female clothing,... more...

  • Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashionby Ilya Parkins; Elizabeth M. Sheehan; Rita Felski

    University of New Hampshire Press 2012; US$ 34.99

    An interdisciplinary collection illuminating how fashion shaped concepts and practices of femininity and modernity more...

  • The Places and Spaces of Fashion, 1800-2007by John Potvin

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    The Places and Spaces of Fashion, 1800-2007 brings together art, design, fashion, and a much neglected concern for its spatial realities. The spaces and places of fashion have often been overlooked in the writing of fashion history and visual culture. More often than not, however, these environments mitigate, control, inform, and enhance how fashion... more...