The Worldwide History of Dress, Volume 3

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Thames & Hudson, 2007 - Design - 608 pages
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From Upper Paleolithic plant-fiber skirts, Ancient Egyptian linen shifts and Roman togas through Mongolian shamanic robes, Japanese kimonos and Indian saris to nineteenth-century Tyrolean dirndls, African ceremonial attire and Middle Eastern burqas, this remarkable book covers every notable geographical region, historical period and style of costume worldwide.
All aspects of dress and accessories are discussed: basic men's and women's clothing, footwear, headgear, outerwear, jewelry, armor, special costumes, garment decoration and face and body modification. More than one thousand illustrations reveal the sheer range of global clothing traditions, using an astonishing variety of sources: vintage and modern-day photographs of people in local apparel, color plates of museum-quality artifacts on display or posed on mannequins, historical paintings, miniatures, woodblock prints, statues, stone plaques, monumental carvings, friezes, murals, mosaics and pottery. There are diagrams that explain how garments are worn, line drawings that illustrate traditional motifs and designs and more than fifty specially commissioned maps.
Brilliantly tracing influences from culture to culture, this tour-de-force journey across the globe includes descriptions of each region's population, geography and climate, allowing the reader to understand the development of an area's clothing customs. Complete with an extensive reference section, this treasure trove of information is a glorious celebration of ethnographic clothing and is destined to be the standard reference work on the subject.

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This is an excellent browser's book on ethnic dress, here defined as what people wear when they're not in Western business or casual attire. Featuring over 1000 illustrations (900 in full color and ... Read full review


The Ancient Near East 14 The Arabian Peninsula
The Eastern Mediterranean 54 The Iranian Plateau

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Patricia Rieff Anawalt is Director Emerita of the Center for the Study of Regional Dress at the Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, and an authority on worldwide regional dress. Her publications include The Worldwide History of Dress. She lives in Los Angeles.

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