Study of Dress History

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Over the past ten years the study of dress history has finally achieved academic respectability. This book shows how the fields of dress history and dress studies are now benefitting from the adoption of new multi-disciplinary approaches and outlines the full range of these approaches which draw on material culture, ethnography, and cultural studies. Raises a series of frank and fresh issues surrounding approaches to the history of dress, including analysis of the academic gender and subject divides that have ...

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Overview

Over the past ten years the study of dress history has finally achieved academic respectability. This book shows how the fields of dress history and dress studies are now benefitting from the adoption of new multi-disciplinary approaches and outlines the full range of these approaches which draw on material culture, ethnography, and cultural studies. Raises a series of frank and fresh issues surrounding approaches to the history of dress, including analysis of the academic gender and subject divides that have riven it in the past. Comprehensive, engaging and trenchant, this will become the benchmark volume in the study of dress history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719040658
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Studies in Design Series
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,122,488
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lou Taylor is Professor of Dress and Textile History at the University of Brighton and author of Mourning Dress: a costume and social history (1983) and, with Elizabeth Wilson, Through the looking glass (1989)

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Artefact-based approaches: collection, identification, conservation

2. Artefact-based approaches: display and interpretation

3. Approaches based on social, economic history, material culture and cultural studies

4. Approaches using literary sources

5. Approaches using visual analysis: paintings, drawings and cartoons

6. Approaches using visual analysis of photography and film

7. Ethnographical approaches

8. Approaches using oral history

Conclusion

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