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List of Illustrations Foreword by Joanne B. Eicher Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Europe and the People Without Fashion Part I. Understanding Fashion and Its History 2. The Lexicon of Fashion 3. Fashion Systems 4. How We Got Here Part II. Outside the Canon: Alternative Fashion Histories 5. Fashion Systems in Prehistory and the Americas 6. Fashion Systems and Trade Networks in the Eastern Hemisphere 7. Fashion Systems in East, South and Southeast Asia 8. Alternative Fashion Histories in Euro-America 9. Global Fashion 10. Conclusion Bibliography Index

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Explores the under-researched fashion histories of non-western cultures in one complete volume to offer a global understanding of dress and culture.

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Linda Welters is Professor of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design and Director of the Graduate Program at the University of Rhode Island, USA. Abby Lillethun is Associate Professor of Fashion Studies in the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University, USA.


How wonderfully well-timed is this book! A milestone in the field, Fashion History marks a point to which fashion scholarship has been evolving, and at which we can now pause and take stock. -- Antonia Finnane, University of Melbourne, Australia.
This new fashion world history persuasively argues for a definition of fashion beyond the modern west. From Chinese lip fashions to 'vernacular version of the standard suit' (shorts and T shirts) this is an essential overview of the development and state of the field. Ranging in topic from the Ancient World to past and present East, South and South-east Asia, the book will surprise and delight. Notable for its clarity and precision, illustrated with fascinating examples, the book is essential reading for all students and devotees of fashion and its histories. -- Peter McNeil, University of Technology Sydney, Australia and Aalto University, Finland

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