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DRESS, FASHION AND TECHNOLOGY: FROM PREHISTORY TO THE PRESENT. Phyllis G. Tortora. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2015. Dress, Body, Culture. 262 pp. with 78 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2014-36563 ISBN 9780857851918 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 164036. Publisher's description: Technology has been an essential factor in the production of dress and the cultures of fashion throughout human history. Structured chronologically from pre-history to the present day, this is the first broad study of the complex relationship between dress and technology. Over the course of human history, dress-making and fashion technology has changed beyond recognition: from needles and human hands in the ancient world to complex 20th century textile production machines, it has now come to include the technologies that influence dress styles and the fashion industry, such as the media and printing presses. In the last century, new technologies have helped not just to produce but to define fashion: the creation of automobiles prompted a decline in long skirts for women while the beginnings of space travel caused people to radically rethink the function of dress. In many ways, technology has itself created avant garde and contemporary fashions. Through an impressive range of international case studies, the book challenges the perception that fashion is unique to western dress and outlines the many ways in which dress and technology intersect.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 73,30
Worldwide Number: 164037
Paperbound $34.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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