Ethnic Dress

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Ethnic Dress, the first work of its kind, takes readers on a journey around the world, examining the diversity of ethnic apparel along the way. Opening with a brief social history, costume authority Frances Kennett explains the background of the clothing and how and why certain garments came into being. A study of the design and construction of the garments follows, as well as information on the wide variety of materials used in their creation. Lavishly illustrated with more than 500 full-color photographs, the ...
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New York, NY 1995 Hard Cover First American Edition, 3rd Printing New in New jacket BRAND NEW Copy. Reference/resource. Folk costumes of the world by costume designer, fashion ... journalist and crafts editor Frances Kennett. Comprehensive study of garments as a succession of styles expressing dominant values of communities, running the full gammut from pragmatic climatic to spiritual and religious concerns. Written for professional designers and laymen; superb photography.. Read more Show Less

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Ethnic Dress, the first work of its kind, takes readers on a journey around the world, examining the diversity of ethnic apparel along the way. Opening with a brief social history, costume authority Frances Kennett explains the background of the clothing and how and why certain garments came into being. A study of the design and construction of the garments follows, as well as information on the wide variety of materials used in their creation. Lavishly illustrated with more than 500 full-color photographs, the book is divided into ten regional sections; it is then further broken down into subsections that allow the reader to delve into specific areas or study individual ethnic groups. These subsections also provide coverage of the decorative elements and details, such as lace or embroidery, that typically adorn a country's clothing.

The first work of its kind, this volume celebrates ethnic costume not as mere fashion statement, but as a proud demonstration and manifestation of a group's cultural identity and dignity. Kennett explains the background of the clothing and how and why certain garments came into being. A study of the design and construction of the garment follows. 500 color photos. 25 maps.

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It is amazing to observe how traditional forms of dress have survived for centurieseven if today they are worn only for holiday or ceremonial occasions. Such costumes from all regions of the world are represented here in 500 full-color photographs of individuals and groups. Considering the scope, treatment is necessarily brief but does include fascinating facts about the background, traditions, and evolution of the garments as well as design, materials, and decorations. The result is a kaleidoscope of exotic hues and embellishments. Maps identify each geographic region, and a two-page glossary is added. Fashion historian Kennett (A Woman by Design, LJ 11/1/88) shows respect for her subject and appreciation of diverse cultures. An exciting resource for designers and students, this book will also delight armchair travelers. Highly recommended for public, academic, and specialized collections.Therese D. Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green
School Library Journal
YA-Contemporary costume throughout the world is beautifully photographed in this attractive volume. It focuses on the dress of people who "do not adhere to the trends of Westernized fashion." In addition to the wide scope and aesthetic appeal of this book, readers will find a concise description of the ethnic composition along with maps of the areas.
Barbara Jacobs
Though not a definitive guide to folk dress from aborigines to Zulus, Kennett's book is a stimulating one, thanks to its streamlined text and beautiful, brightly colored photographs of ethnic costume. Here in one place we find North American Inuits garbed in fur head to toe, learn that male apparel worldwide tends toward white, and that Chechens and Cossacks traditionally don tall fur hats, a custom that unfortunately may disappear in the current wars. The sparse prose covers basic symbols, traditions, and colors, with a nod to today's variations; at the end of each chapter are an illustrated map and a potpourri of close-up shots, showing specific items of apparel.
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Celebrates the dress of people who do not adhere to the trends of westernized fashion, pointing to general themes and principles, and aiming to be illustrative rather than definitive. Color photos--some double-page spreads, some full page, and many smaller--reproduced with snap and clarity, grace virtually every page. Organization is by continent, and countries are addressed individually within each section. The author has a background of costume design and fashion journalism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780816031368
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.77 (w) x 11.29 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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