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American West

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As America's western frontier began to expand in the 19th century, early settlers found themselves far from the reach of stores and supplies. Relying on homemade clothing and local trade, the European immigrants began to adapt their clothing and adopted many styles used by the Native Americans. Early American photos, movie stills, and posters show the range of clothing worn among those who lived in the "Wild West": from cowboys and Native Americans to explorers and settlers. The text provides vital tips for young...

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Overview

As America's western frontier began to expand in the 19th century, early settlers found themselves far from the reach of stores and supplies. Relying on homemade clothing and local trade, the European immigrants began to adapt their clothing and adopted many styles used by the Native Americans. Early American photos, movie stills, and posters show the range of clothing worn among those who lived in the "Wild West": from cowboys and Native Americans to explorers and settlers. The text provides vital tips for young costumers as they attempt to recreate the styles of the American West.

Chapters include:

Frontiersmen and Explorers

Travelers and Settlers

Native Americans

The Iron Horse

Soldiers and Heroes

Cowboys

Townsfolk

Outlaws, Lawmen, and Gunslingers

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—In a clear, engaging style, the authors describe how gender, occasion, class, and social clime affected fashion during commonly studied Western decades and eras. Fashion-forward individuals (Elizabeth I, Princess Diana, and Madonna, to name a few) from various ages are mentioned and their influence on style is described. Each volume is profusely and gorgeously illustrated with period paintings and photographs, movie and TV stills, design sketches, and photographs from period reenactments. Each illustration is captioned with intriguing, relevant facts that enhance the text. Sidebars incorporate descriptive passages from period letters, diaries, books, and magazines, or highlight etiquette, trends, and inventions in fashion. One sidebar details how the manufacturing of some Civil War uniforms introduced the word "shoddy" into the American vocabulary. Another explains how good clothing was so precious in Elizabethan England that it was bequested in wills. Given that there are such a wide variety of illustrations, the overall effect is remarkably cohesive. The use of celebrities will draw in many readers, and the authors' emphasis on fashion's integral part in history will assist researchers. This series meets the need for quality material about fashion history with competence and appeal.—Jennifer Prince, Fairview Public Library, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604133820
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Costume Source Bks
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Chapter 1 Frontiersmen and Explorers 6

Chapter 2 Travelers and Settlers 10

Chapter 3 Native Americans 18

Chapter 4 The Iron Horse 30

Chapter 5 Soldiers and Heroes 32

Chapter 6 Cowboys 36

Chapter 7 Townsfolk 44

Chapter 8 Outlaws, Lawmen, and Gunslingers 52

Glossary 60

Further Information 61

Source List 62

Index 64

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