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Cypriot Dress

Euphrosyne Rizopoulou-Egoumenidou

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. East Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Cyprus is an island in the eastern Mediterranean, on the threshold between the Orient and the Occident. Different rulers from east and west have left their mark on the local culture and dress. European influence was prevalent during the period of the Lusignan (1191–1489) and Venetian (1489–1570) rule and remained traceable through the Ottoman rule (1571–1878). Out of this period, during which Oriental influence was strong, emerged the traditional Cypriot dress of modern times. The island entered

Dancing the Jar: Girls’ Dress at Turkish Cypriot Weddings

Ann Bridgwood

Source: Dress and Ethnicity. Change Across Space and Time, 1995, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

Dress, particularly fashion, has attracted the attention of writers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives including psychoanalysis, psychology, semiotics, anthropology, and feminism (Wilson 1985). Within semiotics, it has been analysed as a sign system; Barthes (1972), for example, argues that fashion is an enclosed system of signs. As with any sign, fashions are arbitrary, and only have meaning in relation to each other. Hebdige (1979) draws on the work of Barthes, and brings together s

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