NEW: Indian Madras Fashion

Indian madras is a brightly checkered or plaid cotton fabric most closely associated with Ivy Style, which includes Ivy League, Preppy, and Trad. Indian madras moves into and out of fashion, but maintains a consistent place in the seasonal offerings of retailers such as Brooks Brothers, L. L. Bean, the Andover Shop, and Ralph Lauren. Indian madras is so ubiquitous in American dress that it is often overlooked in historical surveys of fashion, however it has played a supporting role in fashion since the 1880s until today.

NEW: Muslim Dress

Islam is the second-largest religion in the world with nearly two billion adherents. While a small number of verses in the Qur’an enjoin both men and women to dress and behave modestly, it contains little guidance on how their clothing, accessories, and bodies should look; this allows for a wide variation in styles of dress. Over the last ten years, there has been a rapid expansion in the body of academic literature on this topic, focusing largely on contemporary politics, media representations, gender, migration, and the Islamic fashion industry, along with regional variations in Muslim dress.

The Role of Dress in Sexual Objectification




The Social Psychology of Dress


The History of Dress and Fashion


Fashion and Sustainability




Images: Niall McInerney, Photographer © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc