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Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0684314517
  • ISBN-13: 9780684314518
  • DDC: 391.003
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1454 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2005 | Published/Released November 2004
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2005

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From diapers to Dior, saris to serapes, the world of clothing is nearly as vast and as ancient as the human race. Tracing the stylistic and functional threads that unite clothing across time and cul-tures -- as well as delving into the divergent styles and significance of apparel -- this A to Z encyclopedia is the essential resource for exploring the relationship between culture and couture.

This broad-based set surveys clothing, body adornment, and examines the origins of clothing, the development of fabrics and technologies, and the social meanings of dress. It also presents information on representative costumes from a wide variety of historical eras, which are frequently the topic of student research. Topics range from the bustle, sari, and toga to Polyester and body piercing. The short entries explain the history of garments (necktie, codpiece, cocktail dress, bathing suit, burqua, Nehru jacket), techniques and manufactures (batik, dry cleaning, zipper, stone washing), body adornment (makeup, mask, tattoo, wig), and important persons and institutions (Coco Chanel, Edith Head, Yves Saint-Laurent, Fashion Institute of Technology). The longer essays provide cultural context: class, gender, sumptuary laws, costume design for stage and screen, advertising; fashion careers; ecclesiastical dress; military uniforms; etc.

The set includes a comprehensive general index in the last volume, a timeline, and a topical outline. From the secondary school student writing a paper on dress among Native Americans to the university student interested in the underpinnings of clothing design, this set represents a unique and valuable source.

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Features and Benefits

  • Multidisciplinary, international approach that goes beyond history of elite styles to examine all manner of dress and body adornment.
  • 640 signed articles by more than 325 academics and experts.
  • Approximately 600 photographs and illustrations, including 24 pages of color images.


  • Booklist - Editor’s Choice 2011
  • CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2012
  • RUSA's Outstanding Reference Sources 2012

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0684313944 | ISBN-13: 9780684313948


"Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion is an exciting and unique resource that excels in depth and range of coverage. It is highly recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries with a clientele interested in what and why people wear what they wear." -- Booklist (December 2004)

— Booklist

"The 640 entries in this comprehensive encyclopedia, most illustrated with black-and-white photographs and illustrations, range from "Academic Dress," including its origin and history, to "Zoran," a contemporary fashion designer. Each volume has an eight-page section with photographs, portraits, and illustrations in color. Numerous sidebars elucidate such topics as the value placed upon silk for diplomatic uses and a glossary of textile terms. A complete index and outline of the entries grouped into broad categories are other useful features. This stellar achievement is an invaluable reference; it will be on my bookshelf for years to come." --Piecework Magazine, January/February, 2006

— Voice of Youth Advocates

"Steele, a historian at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, has edited a comprehensive resource to clothing and contemporary fashion that will be useful to the general reader and the advanced high school and undergraduate student." -- Reference & Research Book News (February 2005)

— Reference & Research Book News

"An exciting and unique resource that excels in depth and range of coverage, with 640 articles covering designers, trends, clothing types, fibers, techniques, adornment, and other topics in the relatively new discipline of fashion studies." --Booklist, May 2005

— Booklist

"Students interested in fashion studies will feel validated by this academic source relating the clothes we wear to our place in culture and society. The 640 topical essays are arranged alphabetically, from academic dress to zoran. Entries range in length from half a page to multiple pages. Black and white photographs are numerous and each volume includes a center insert of color images. Some articles include intriguing sidebars. The work includes biographies of individuals who influenced fashion, for instance, Manolo Blahnik and Princess Diana. This is the second title in the Scribner Library of Daily Life reference series. The well-reviewed Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (2003) was first. This significant, well-researched, wide-ranging resource belongs in most high school reference collections. It is fun to browse as well!" --Pennsylvania School Librarians Associations, May 2006

— Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

"Edited by Steele (Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body, and Culture) and with contributions from some 300 reputable academics, journalists, and fashion industry professionals, this impressive reference work surveys the relationship between culture and fashion through alphabetically arranged articles... recommended for both public and academic libraries owing to its wide appeal." -- Library Journal (February 2005)

— Library Journal