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  • Women's Costume of the Near and Middle Eastby Jennifer M. Scarce

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 60.95

    The historical and cultural richness of the Near and Middle East is reflected visually in its costume. In this book, Jennifer Scarce makes brilliant use of years or research to provide a lucid acount of the development of women's dress from the fourteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Her study of costume is set in th ebroader context of the social... more...

  • Dandiesby Susan Fillin-Yeh

    NYU Press 2001; US$ 22.95

    Dandies: Fashion and Finesse in Art and Culture considers the visual languages, politics, and poetics of personal appearance. Dandyism has been most closely associated with influential caucasian Western men-about-town, epitomized by the 19th century style-setting of Oscar Wilde and by Tom Wolfe's white suits. The essays collected here, however,... more...

  • Arab dressby Y.K. Stillman; N.A. Stillman

    BRILL 2003; US$ 181.00

    A scholar of history, Near Eastern languages, and women's studies (U. of Oklahoma), Yedida (1946-98) was considered an expert on the history of clothing of the Arab world, both Muslim and Jewish, from medieval to modern times. This book was over three-quarters finished when she died, and her partner and collaborator Norman (history, U. of Oklahoma) more...

  • Mourning Dress (Routledge Revivals)by Lou Taylor

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 54.95

    First published in 1983, Mourning Dress chronicles the development of European and American mourning dress and etiquette from the middle ages to the present day, highlighting similarities and differences in practices between the different social strata. The result is a book which is not only of major importance to students of the history of dress... more...

  • Berliner Chicby Susan Ingram; Leen d?Haenens; Katrina Sark

    Intellect Books Ltd 2011; US$ 32.00

    Since becoming the capital of reunited Germany, Berlin has had a dose of global money and international style added to its already impressive cultural veneer. Once home to emperors and dictators, peddlers and spies, it is now a fashion showplace that attracts the young and hip. This gripping history follows Berlin chic through a host of historical... more...

  • The Way We Areby Margaret Visser

    HarperCollins Canada 2012; US$ 15.99

    This marvellous collection of over 60 pithy essays inspired by Visser?s column in Saturday Night magazine explores the cultural significance of everyday objects and phenomena such as jelly, high heels, beards, the colour red, tap-dancing and the Easter Bunny. more...

  • The Nyonya Kebayaby Datin Seri

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 44.99

    This longtime Malaysian fashion icon was originally a long, straight, Arab-inspired top of plain woven cotton. The Nyonyas, the women of the early Peranakan community, gradually transformed it into a shapely, embroidered, translucent blouse, fastened with a set of chained brooches and worn with a matching hand-drawn batik sarong. Sheer, romantic,... more...

  • The Dandyby Nigel Rodgers; Stephen Calloway

    Bene Factum Publishing 2013; US$ 21.86

    The 'Dandy' is not just an elaborately or even well-dressed man "nor is he an exclusively English phenomenon. He is something far more universal and intriguing. The Dandy's place in history is assured. Not because Dandies have made any major contributions to politics, economics or warfare, but because they were, and continue to be, figures of huge... more...

  • Wasted Livesby Zygmunt Bauman

    Wiley 2013; US$ 69.95 US$ 60.62

    The production of 'human waste' - or more precisely, wasted lives, the 'superfluous' populations of migrants, refugees and other outcasts - is an inevitable outcome of modernization. It is an unavoidable side-effect of economic progress and the quest for order which is characteristic of modernity. As long as large parts of the world remained... more...

  • Clothing through American History: The British Colonial Eraby Kathleen Staples; Madelyn Shaw

    ABC-CLIO 2013; US$ 89.00

    Clothing through American History: The British Colonial Era presents, in six chapters, a description of all aspects of dress in British colonial America, including the social and historical background of British America, and covering men's, women's, and children's garments. The book shows how dress reflected and evolved with life in British colonial... more...