Clothing and Textile Collections in the United States: A CSA Guide

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Clothing is the most personal expression of a culture. Objects of dress and adornment reveal so much about the individuals who wore them and the cultures and times in which they lived. History, art, technology, psychology, culture, social systems, customs—all are reflected in people’s clothing. Countless treasures exist in clothing and textile collections across the U.S., but until now no comprehensive directory to the collections was available. Clothing and Textile Collections in the United States is the first ...

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Clothing is the most personal expression of a culture. Objects of dress and adornment reveal so much about the individuals who wore them and the cultures and times in which they lived. History, art, technology, psychology, culture, social systems, customs—all are reflected in people’s clothing. Countless treasures exist in clothing and textile collections across the U.S., but until now no comprehensive directory to the collections was available. Clothing and Textile Collections in the United States is the first guide to list information on more than 2,600 American collections. Included in each listing are location and contact information, and many listings also offer a brief description of the collection. This guide is essential for museum directors, costume studies professionals, and librarians, as well as anyone interested in clothing and textile history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896725720
  • Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Series: Costume Society of America Series
  • Pages: 422
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    comprehensive guide to textile collections throughout the U.S.

    Another book in the Costume Society of America (CSA) series, this guidebook has the familiar format of a tourist/visitor guide. The more than 2600 entries are by state with addresses and phone numbers. Hours, type of institution (e. g., historical, state), types of items in the collection, and a general description of these are found with many of the entries. For example, the Missouri Historical Collection in St. Louis has more than '16,000 pieces of clothing and textiles, dating from the late eighteenth century to the present.' This collection's strengths include women's clothing and accessories from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. Such helpful notes are one benefit of having editors with such extensive and deep experience as Queen and Berger. All historical ages, parts of the world, and many ethnic groups are covered by the numerous collections. For the majority of entries with no annotations, websites are listed where applicable and for those which do not have a website, phone numbers are listed for obtaining further information.

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