Defining Dress: Dress as Object, Meaning and Identity

Defining Dress: Dress as Object, Meaning and Identity

by Amy de la Haye
     
 

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Contained here is an attractive collection of essays, bringing together contemporary research into the history of dress. The essays reflect how garments may be researched as discrete objects, as part of consumer culture, and as components of created meaning which are expressive of personal identity and social belonging.

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Contained here is an attractive collection of essays, bringing together contemporary research into the history of dress. The essays reflect how garments may be researched as discrete objects, as part of consumer culture, and as components of created meaning which are expressive of personal identity and social belonging.

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Mostly b&w drawings and photographs highlight the articles in this volume exploring the ways that dress has influenced culture (and vice versa) throughout Western history. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including art history, museum studies, and cultural studies, present topics such as the development of women's riding dress from 1500-1900, the use of wool cloth in women's dress in the late 19th century, religious dress in Italy in the late Middle Ages, and gay men's dress in Britain in the mid- 20th century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719053290
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Series:
Studies in Design Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Amy De la Haye is Curator of Twentieth-Century Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Elizabeth Wilson is Professor of Media Studies at the University of North London.

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