Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear Through the Ages, Volumes 1-5
Tom Pendergast, Sara Pendergast, Sarah Hermsen
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From the furry hides probably worn by Neanderthals to designer jeans, this set intended for middle-schoolers surveys how people have covered and adorned themselves through the ages and around the world. The volumes cover The Ancient World; Early Cultures across the Globe; European Culture from the Renaissance to the Modern Era; Modern World Part I, 1900-1945; and Modern World Part II, 1946-2003.
Within each volume, organization is by culture ("Ancient Rome," "African Cultures") or by period ("The Sixteenth Century," "1946-1960"). Following a brief introduction that provides background and context, each chapter is divided into sections covering "Clothing," "Headwear," "Body Decoration," and "Footwear," and within each of these categories are an overview and between one and 20 alphabetically ordered entries on specific items or styles. For example, the chapter on Europe in the seventeenth century has entries for breeches, bustles, stomachers, and waistcoats, among other articles of clothing. The chapter on Africa describes beadwork, body painting, and lip plugs, among other types of decoration. There are 430 entries in all, ranging from a paragraph or two to a page, and each concludes with citations to a few references, including Web sites, for additional information. Sidebars highlight related topics, such as hygiene and sumptuary laws.
Each volume contains the same glossary, time line, and general bibliography. Also repeated in each volume are several access aids, including a set table of contents, an alphabetical list of entries, a list of entries by category (clothing, headwear, etc.), and an index.
Although profusely and colorfully illustrated with photographs and reproductions of paintings, the set could use some drawings as well. It's hard to picture what a farthingale, a fontange, or a haori actually look like based on descriptions in the text. This aside, the work is notable for its organization, breadth of coverage, and attractive design. Strongly recommended for school and public libraries, it will likely appeal to an audience beyond its targeted readers. RBB
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that projects outward away from the head. Brocade: A fabric woven with a raised pattern over the entire sur- face. ■ lxvii ■ ■ ■ WORDS TO KNOW C Collar: The part of a shirt that surrounds the neck. Crown: The portion of a hat that covers the top of the head; may also refer to the top part of the head. Cuff: A piece of fabric sewn at the bottom of a sleeve. D Double-breasted: A style of jacket in which one side (usually the left) overlaps in the front of the other side, fastens at the
fourteenth century B.C.E. His solid gold coffin and the many riches ANCIENT EGYPT ■ 19 ■ ■ ■ ANCIENT EGYPT found nearby, which were discovered in 1922, show how rich the lives of these pharaohs must have been. The great pyramids of ancient Egypt, which survive to this day as a marvel of human engineering, show how seriously Egyptians took preparations for the afterlife. The other great source of stability in ancient Egypt was the Nile River. While religion and the pharaohs controlled one
themselves from head to toe with many varied ornaments. Although traditions have changed over the thousands of years since the beginning of Indian culture, jewelry remains an integral part of religious, regional, and social life. Amulets The earliest forms of jewelry were amulets, or ornaments worn to protect or empower the wearer. Ornaments worn by men symbolized their power over adversaries. Some ornaments, such as a specific headdress, could be worn only by certain members of a social group:
Women often wear special jewelry during their wedding ceremonies and some continue to wear this jewelry during the first year of their marriage for luck. Many traditional Indian jewelry styles continue to be worn by modern Indian women, but those living in cities have adopted Western styles as well. FOR MORE INFORMATION Untracht, Oppi. Traditional Jewelry of India. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1997. ■ ■ ■ Piercing The abundance of jewelry in Indian culture has required the use of piercing to
pale marble of the statues was once covered with bright paint that wore off over the centuries. Greeks, in fact, loved color and many dyed their clothes. Wealthy aristocrats wore purple clothes dyed from a species of shellfish or pure white linen robes. Yellow clothes were worn mostly by women. Black clothes were worn by those mourning the death of a loved one. Peasants dyed their clothing a variety of greens, browns, and grays. Soldiers wore dark red garments to minimize the appearance of blood