By Valerie Steele
From diapers to Dior, saris to serapes, the area of garments is almost as big and as old because the human race. Tracing the stylistic and useful threads that unite garments throughout time and cul-tures -- in addition to delving into the divergent kinds and importance of clothing -- this A to Z encyclopedia is the basic source for exploring the connection among tradition and couture.
This broad-based set surveys garments, physique adornment, and examines the origins of garments, the advance of materials and applied sciences, and the social meanings of gown. It additionally provides details on consultant costumes from a wide selection of old eras, that are usually the subject of scholar examine. themes variety from the bustle, sari, and toga to Polyester and physique piercing. the quick entries clarify the heritage of clothes (necktie, codpiece, cocktail costume, bathing swimsuit, burqua, Nehru jacket), recommendations and manufactures (batik, dry cleansing, zipper, stone washing), physique adornment (makeup, masks, tattoo, wig), and demanding individuals and associations (Coco Chanel, Edith Head, Yves Saint-Laurent, model Institute of Technology). The longer essays offer cultural context: classification, gender, sumptuary legislation, dress layout for level and monitor, advertisements; style careers; ecclesiastical gown; army uniforms; and so on.
The set contains a finished basic index within the final quantity, a timeline, and a topical define. From the secondary college scholar writing a paper on gown between local americans to the collage scholar attracted to the underpinnings of garments layout, this set represents a distinct and necessary resource. (20050501)
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In the late 1950s a few black modern dancers who tired of continually touching-up straightened hair that perspiration had returned to kinkiness, decided to wear short unstraightened hair. Ruth Beckford, who performed with Katherine Dunham, recalled the confused reactions she received when she wore a short unstraightened haircut. Strangers offered her cures to help her hair grow and a young student asked the shapely Miss Beckford if she was a man. Around 1960, in politically active circles on the campuses of historically black colleges and in civil rights movement organizations, a few young black women adopted natural hairstyles.
Despite the clear influences that have helped to shape North African cultures, an internal dynamic has molded these elements into the distinctive material culture characteristic of each region. See also Africa, Sub-Saharan: History of Dress; Burqa; Djellaba; Hijab; Kaffiyeh; Textiles, African. BIBLIOGRAPHY Besancenot, Jean. Costumes of Morocco. London and New York: Kegan Paul, 1990. Detailed paintings and drawings made E N C Y C L O P E D I A O F C L O T H I N G A N D F A S H I O N AFRICA, SUB-SAHARAN: HISTORY OF DRESS by French artists working in Morocco during the 1930s; text in English.
Many working men in Cairo wear djellaba, the long, loose-fitting gown, sometimes in combination with the kaffiyeh, a turbanlike head cloth or cotton skullcap; older women may wear burqa and bedla, a black headscarf and flowing dress. In Tunisian towns, the red felt chechiya, a cross between skullcap and beret, is still the single most distinctive item of male attire, while in much of the Maghrib the burnoose, a hooded cloak, is worn by many men. E N C Y C L O P E D I A O F C L O T H I N G A N D In rural regions, the cut and sewn garments of the city tend to be replaced by single-piece draped or wrapped clothes for women, secured by a fibula, or cloak pin.