Old Clothes, New Looks: Second-Hand Fashion (Dress, Body, Culture Series) / Edition 1

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Overview

"Old Clothes, New Looks presents a three-part focus on the history, the trading culture, and the contemporary refashioning of second hand clothing. Historical perspectives include studies located in Renaissance Florence, early industrial England, colonial Australia, and mid twentieth-century Ireland. The global nature of the second hand trade in clothing is presented through original research from Zambia, India, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan. The reuse of garments as contemporary fashion statements is explored through studies that include neo-mod retro-sixties subculture in Germany, the impact of 'vintage' in the USA on consumers and designers, as well as consideration of its sartorial and cultural challenges, encapsulated by the work of designer XULY.Bet." This groundbreaking book will be essential reading for all those interested in fashion and dress, material culture, consumption and anthropology, as well as to dealers, collectors and wearers of second hand clothes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859738528
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/15/2005
  • Series: Dress, Body, Culture Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Palmer is the Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Curator, in the Textile and Costume Section at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto. Hazel Clark is Chair, Department of Critical Studies, Parsons School of Design.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Historical perspectives
Introduction 9
1 The florentine Rigattieri : second hand clothing dealers and the circulation of goods in the Renaissance 13
2 Shifting currency : the culture and economy of the second hand trade in England, c.1600-1850 29
3 Cast-offs : civilization, charity or commerce? : aspects of second hand clothing use in Australia, 1788-1900 49
4 Second hand silk kimono migrating across borders 67
5 Parcels from America : American clothes in Ireland, c.1930-1980 83
Pt. 2 Trading cultures
Introduction 99
6 Crafting appearances : the second hand clothing trade and dress practices in Zambia 103
7 Creative entrepreneurs : the recycling of second hand Indian clothing 119
8 Ukay-Ukay chic : tales of second hand clothing in the Philippine Cordillera 135
9 Second hand fashion, culture and identity in Hong Kong 155
Pt. 3 Contemporary refashioning
Introduction 173
10 Sixties dress only! : the consumption of the past in a retro scene 177
11 Vintage whores and vintage virgins : second hand fashion in the twenty-first century 197
12 Working the edge : XULY.Bet's recycled clothing 215
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