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Dress History

New Directions in Theory and Practice


Charlotte Nicklas and Annebella Pollen

978-1-4742-4053-6 (online)
978-0-8578-5541-1 (hardback)
978-0-8578-5640-1 (paperback)
978-1-4742-4051-2 (epdf)
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The field of dress history has experienced exponential growth over the past two decades. This in-depth investigation examines the expanding borders and porous boundaries of the discipline today, outlining key debates and showcasing the most exciting research.

With international case studies from a wide range of scholars, the volume encompasses work from a variety of historical periods from the late 18th century to the present day. Contributors examine, critique and expand the methodologies and sources used in fashion history, analyse how dress is collected, displayed and sold, and investigate clothing’s meanings and uses in the practice of identity.

Exploring overlooked territories and new approaches to analysis, the book offers students and scholars a fresh appraisal of dress history in the 21st century.