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THE DRESS DETECTIVE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO OBJECT-BASED RESEARCH IN FASHION. Ingrid Mida and Alexandra Kim. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2015. Published in association with Society of Antiquaries of London. 224 pp. with 150 ills. (143 col.). 25 x 19 cm. LC 2014-49148 ISBN 9781472573988 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 170137. Publisher's description: The Dress Detective is the first practical guide to analysing fashion objects, clearly demonstrating how their close analysis can enhance and enrich interdisciplinary research. This accessible book provides readers with the tools to uncover the hidden stories in garments, setting out a carefully developed research methodology specific to dress, and providing easy to use checklists that guide the reader through the process. Beautifully illustrated, the book contains seven case studies of fashionable Western garments--ranging from an 1820s coat to a 2004 Kenzo jacket--that articulate the methodological framework for the process, illustrate the use of the checklists, and show how evidence from the garment itself can be used to corroborate theories of dress or fashion. This book outlines a skillset that has, until now, typically been passed on informally. Written in plain language, this book will give any budding fashion historian, curator or researcher the knowledge and confidence to analyse the material in front of them effectively.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 73,30
Worldwide Number: 170136
Hardcover $128.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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