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.
Old Clothes, New Looks: Second-Hand Fashion (Dress, Body, Culture Series)by Alexandra Palmer (Editor), Hazel Clark (Editor)
In a dozen essays, academic experts explore the history, trading culture, and contemporary refashioning of secondhand clothing. Though the practice's origins are in necessity, the passing of clothes between social and economic groups has become a global business. To move from one cultural situation to another, used clothes must be transformed in some way to become of potential value to a new social group; the contributors look at how, when, and why this has happened. The wan, gray photos that illustrate several essays don't do either fashion or the text justice. The editors are a museum curator and a design historian specializing in dress and textiles; the contributors are based in North America, Europe, and Australia. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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