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Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, v3: Volume 3: The United States and Canada

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Published in the summer of 2010 in print and online, the 10-volume Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion is the first comprehensive reference work to explore all aspects of dress and fashion globally - from pre-history to the present day. Arranged geographically and written by an international team of experts, the Encyclopedia will serve as the go-to source for all issues relating the art and anthropology of costume, dress, and fashion the world over for students, scholars, members of the design and fashion ...
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Overview


Published in the summer of 2010 in print and online, the 10-volume Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion is the first comprehensive reference work to explore all aspects of dress and fashion globally - from pre-history to the present day. Arranged geographically and written by an international team of experts, the Encyclopedia will serve as the go-to source for all issues relating the art and anthropology of costume, dress, and fashion the world over for students, scholars, members of the design and fashion industries, and fashion aficionados for years to come.

The Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion brings together for the first time the work of over 600 renowned scholars from every part of the globe. All articles have been specially commissioned and particular effort has been made to commission articles by indigenous scholars with in-depth local knowledge.

The United States and Canada provides a comprehensive overview of North American dress. This volume explores the region's varied terrains and climates, and how they have contributed to the emergence of vastly different sartorial styles, from cowboy dress and blue jeans to snowgoogles and carnival costume. The splendid dress cultures and heritages of First Nation Peoples and African Americans are covered in depth, together with their influence on mainstream fashion. Hispanic and Jewish cultural traditions are also fully explored, while "Snapshots" provide briefer overviews of the dress practices of a surprising range of cultural and social groups in the region, from the Amish to drag queens. The importance of the North American fashion industry, both past and present, is highlighted, as are major influences that continue to shape trends worldwide, such as the Hollywood film industry and rock music.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Eicher (Regents' Professor Emerita, Univ. of Minnesota, series editor, "Dress, Body, Culture") presides over this beautiful set containing some 700 articles by over 600 international authors. The first nine volumes each discuss one geographical area such as South Asia and Southeast Asia, Africa, and the United States and Canada. The signed articles, a blend of overviews and essays, focus on historical and contemporary clothing, accessories, and body modifications in regions, countries, and subregions, covering the 19th to the 21st century. References and additional readings are provided; the articles offer helpful See also cross-references. There are more than 2000 black-and-white images, many taken by the article authors. Each volume contains its own index. The set's cumulative index is housed at the end of Volume 10, which presents global perspectives on topics ranging from Fashion Cities and Dress and Identity to Wearable Technology and Secondhand Clothing. BOTTOM LINE This work is arguably the new benchmark in its field. For smaller budgets, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing Through World History could be a shorter, less comprehensive compromise. Still, though the set is magnificent, this reviewer suspects this is an example of a reference set for which an online version has great potential to outshine the print. Essential for larger public libraries and academic institutions; appropriate for students of cultural, social, artistic, and anthropological studies.—Lura Sanborn, St. Paul's Sch., NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199757305
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 610
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Editor Phyllis G. Tortora is a scholar of historic costumes and textiles and professor emerita of Queens College. She has also served as a consultant to the Historic Costume Collection of the Huntington Historical Society.

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Table of Contents

Volume 3: The United States and Canada; over 50 entries, see separate document for full Table of Contents

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