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American Royalty: Texas Style

Michaele Hayne

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada 2010

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Americans, in a country founded on a rejection of monarchy, are fascinated by royalty, as evidenced by the plethora of queens found everywhere from kindergarten rooms to senior citizen centers. Community festivals and state fairs often feature the crowning of young women as queens surrounded by royal courts. The queens and duchesses of Texas, which has more than its share of faux royalty, wear everything from Czech traditional dress as Miss Westfest to elaborate costumes created by a professional

Yoruba Crowns

Yomi Ola

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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Visually, the Yoruba crown seems a relatively small part of the generally elaborate and colorful Yoruba regalia; however, it highlights a carefully constructed aura of power and glory. Called ade (pronounced AH-DAY) the Yoruba crown is undoubtedly the most significant part of royal dress in mythological, iconographical, metaphorical, and mystical terms. As in most societies with a monarchical political system, the ade is the most visible symbol of a Yoruba ruler’s authority. As an object reflecti

Angola

Manuel Jordán Pérez

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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Angola is situated on the Atlantic Ocean and is bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, and Namibia. Most of the original Khosian speakers were displaced by migrations of Bantu in ancient times. Some Khosians remain in Southern Angola, living as hunter-gatherers or working for Bantu pastoralists. Their dress draws on available resources such as ostrich eggshell beads and goatskins, with varied styles reflecting the wearers’ affiliations. A former Portuguese colony, Angola has suffer

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