Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States / Edition 1

Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States / Edition 1

by Jacqueline Atkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300109253

ISBN-13: 9780300109252

Pub. Date: 12/15/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

Protest fashion from the Vietnam War years is widely familiar, but today few are aware that dramatic fashion and textile designs served as patriotic propaganda for the Japanese, British, and Americans during the Asia-Pacific War (1931–1945). This fabulously illustrated book presents hundreds of examples of how fashion was employed by those on all sides of the

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Protest fashion from the Vietnam War years is widely familiar, but today few are aware that dramatic fashion and textile designs served as patriotic propaganda for the Japanese, British, and Americans during the Asia-Pacific War (1931–1945). This fabulously illustrated book presents hundreds of examples of how fashion was employed by those on all sides of the conflict to boost morale and fan patriotism.

From a kimono lined with images of U.S. planes blowing up to a British scarf emblazoned with hopeful anti-rationing slogans, Wearing Propaganda documents the development of the role of fashion as propaganda first in Japan and soon thereafter in Britain and the United States. The book discusses traditional and contemporary Japanese styles and what they revealed about Japanese domestic attitudes to war, and it shows how these attitudes echoed or contrasted with British and American fashions that were virulently anti-Japanese in some instances, humorously upbeat about wartime deprivations in others. With insights into style and design, fashion history, material culture, and the social history of Japan, the United States, and Britain, this book offers unexpected riches for every reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300109252
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 11.56(h) x 1.28(d)

Table of Contents

Director's preface9
Foreword11
Introduction19
The Asia-Pacific war and its precedents 1895-4532
Ch. 1Setting the context39
Ch. 2Propaganda on the home fronts : clothing and textiles as message51
Ch. 3Propaganda precedents : pre-1930 propaganda textiles75
Ch. 4Japan's beautiful modern war93
Ch. 5Potatoes are protective, too : cultural icons of Britain at war115
Ch. 6An American vision : propaganda on the home front during World War II137
Ch. 7"Extravagance is the enemy" fashion and textiles in wartime Japan157
Ch. 8Design and war : Kimono as "parlor-performance" propaganda171
Ch. 9War-promoting Kimono (1931-45)183
Ch. 10Keeping up home front morale : "beauty and duty" in wartime Britain205
Ch. 11London squares : the scarves of wartime Britain229
Ch. 12Showing the colors : America239
Ch. 13An Arsenal of design : themes, motis, and metaphors in propaganda textiles258

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