How to Read a Dress

How to Read a Dress

Equipping the reader with all the information they need to 'read' a dress, this is the ultimate guide for students, researchers, and anyone interested in historical fashion.

Author: Lydia Edwards

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474286251

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 216

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Fashion is ever-changing, and while some styles mark a dramatic departure from the past, many exhibit subtle differences from year to year that are not always easily identifiable. With overviews of each key period and detailed illustrations for each new style, How to Read a Dress is an authoritative visual guide to women's fashion across five centuries. Each entry includes annotated color images of historical garments, outlining important features and highlighting how styles have developed over time, whether in shape, fabric choice, trimming, or undergarments. Readers will learn how garments were constructed and where their inspiration stemmed from at key points in history – as well as how dresses have varied in type, cut, detailing and popularity according to the occasion and the class, age and social status of the wearer. This lavishly illustrated book is the ideal tool for anyone who has ever wanted to know their cartridge pleats from their Récamier ruffles. Equipping the reader with all the information they need to 'read' a dress, this is the ultimate guide for students, researchers, and anyone interested in historical fashion.
Categories: Crafts & Hobbies

Fashion and Its Social Agendas

Fashion and Its Social Agendas

An absorbing work, Fashion and Its Social Agendas stands out as a critical study of gender, fashion, and consumer culture. "Why do people dress the way they do?

Author: Diana Crane

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226924830

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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It has long been said that clothes make the man (or woman), but is it still true today? If so, how has the information clothes convey changed over the years? Using a wide range of historical and contemporary materials, Diana Crane demonstrates how the social significance of clothing has been transformed. Crane compares nineteenth-century societies—France and the United States—where social class was the most salient aspect of social identity signified in clothing with late twentieth-century America, where lifestyle, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ethnicity are more meaningful to individuals in constructing their wardrobes. Today, clothes worn at work signify social class, but leisure clothes convey meanings ranging from trite to political. In today's multicode societies, clothes inhibit as well as facilitate communication between highly fragmented social groups. Crane extends her comparison by showing how nineteenth-century French designers created fashions that suited lifestyles of Paris elites but that were also widely adopted outside France. By contrast, today's designers operate in a global marketplace, shaped by television, film, and popular music. No longer confined to elites, trendsetters are drawn from many social groups, and most trends have short trajectories. To assess the impact of fashion on women, Crane uses voices of college-aged and middle-aged women who took part in focus groups. These discussions yield fascinating information about women's perceptions of female identity and sexuality in the fashion industry. An absorbing work, Fashion and Its Social Agendas stands out as a critical study of gender, fashion, and consumer culture. "Why do people dress the way they do? How does clothing contribute to a person's identity as a man or woman, as a white-collar professional or blue-collar worker, as a preppie, yuppie, or nerd? How is it that dress no longer denotes social class so much as lifestyle? . . . Intelligent and informative, [this] book proposes thoughtful answers to some of these questions."-Library Journal
Categories: Social Science

How to Read the Air

How to Read the Air

When she arrives at the brook she'll have to decide whether or not she has the
courage to ford it in her shoes and in her dress. Looking back, she decides that
she does and takes the first leap into the water, which is cold and instantly
shrivels ...

Author: Dinaw Mengestu

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101444355

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 986

A "beautifully written"* (New York Times Book Review) novel of redemption by a prize-winning international literary star. From the acclaimed author of The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears comes a heartbreaking literary masterwork about love, family, and the power of imagination. Following the death of his father Yosef, Jonas Woldemariam feels compelled to make sense of the volatile generational and cultural ties that have forged him. Leaving behind his marriage and job in New York, he sets out to retrace his mother and father's honeymoon as young Ethiopian immigrants and weave together a family history that will take him from the war-torn country of his parents' youth to a brighter vision of his life in America today. In so doing, he crafts a story- real or invented-that holds the possibility of reconciliation and redemption.
Categories: Fiction

How to Read Fashion

How to Read Fashion

This stylishly illustrated guide parses the visual vocabulary to understand, investigate, and interpret seminal fashions and styles.

Author: Fiona Ffoulkes

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

ISBN: 0847839923

Category: Design

Page: 256

View: 784

This stylishly illustrated guide parses the visual vocabulary to understand, investigate, and interpret seminal fashions and styles. The perfect companion for fashionistas and anyone interested in a better understanding of how fashions and styles evolve, this is the first book of its kind aimed at a general audience. Both dip-in reference and stylish resource, it covers 200 years of fashion history, as well as ancillary subjects such as jewelry, accessories, and hairstyling, showing how different looks and styles are interconnected through time. Fashion is defined by the newest and very latest, yet fashion designers are constantly taking inspiration from the past. Well-known classics of yesteryear as well as more obscure designs and styles from the deeper past are constantly recycled and reinvented by the latest generation of designers and stylists. Identified in this handy volume are all the main fashion trends of the past 200 years, as well as how they relate to contemporary styles. From Neo-Classical to Gothic, Streamline Modernism to Punk, Military, and Designer Branding, this is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered about the origins of the little black dress or why the Chanel bag is known as the 2:55 bag.
Categories: Design

The Woman in the Red Dress

The Woman in the Red Dress

"Graceful and impassioned, The Woman in the Red Dress offers important new approaches to narratives about father-daughter incest as well as stories that contaminate the myth of home as a safe space and map a geography of sexual violence, ...

Author: Minrose Gwin

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252027329

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 219

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"Graceful and impassioned, The Woman in the Red Dress offers important new approaches to narratives about father-daughter incest as well as stories that contaminate the myth of home as a safe space and map a geography of sexual violence, victimization, and survival. Gwin situates her analysis of fiction such as Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Alice Walker's The Color Purple, Dorothy Allison's Bastard out of Carolina, and Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres within contemporary debates concerning survivor discourse, theories of domestic space, and issues of race and class. She also explores books - such as Hulme's The Bone People - that enter a murky and liminal queer space in which gender itself travels and the most claustrophic physical and social spaces can unexpectedly unhinge and open.".
Categories: Literary Criticism

Dress Your Best Life

Dress Your Best Life

The first and definitive guide to fashion psychology, this book will ensure you leave the house feeling calmer, happier and more confident.

Author: Dawnn Karen

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241987438

Category: Design

Page: 288

View: 647

How you dress matters. What you wear affects your mood, how you feel about yourself and how others think about you. As an Ivy League educated therapist, publicist, former model and fashion designer, Dawnn Karen is an authority on the use of clothing to express identity and boost mood. Karen has spent years studying the relationship between attire and attitude, and her clients range from high-powered executives and politicians, to new parents and people who have recently experienced a major life change or trauma. Drawing on her research and work with clients, Karen will teach you how to: · dress to enhance your mood · avoid the 'I have nothing to wear' feeling · take the stress out of getting ready · project confidence at work · repurpose the wardrobe you already have Packed with practical tips and cutting-edge advice, Dress Your Best Life will empower you to make the right clothing choices for you. The first and definitive guide to fashion psychology, this book will ensure you leave the house feeling calmer, happier and more confident.
Categories: Design

Pantaloons Power

Pantaloons   Power

In Pantaloons and Power Gayle V. Fisher shows how the reformers' denouncement of conventional dress highlighted the role of clothing in the struggle of power relations between the sexes.

Author: Gayle V. Fischer

Publisher: Kent State University Press

ISBN: 0873386825

Category: History

Page: 262

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Clothing is often an indication of an individual's status, and gender. By the early nineteenth century clear definitions had developed regarding how American women and men were supposed to appear in public and how they were meant to lead their lives. As men's style of dress moved from the ornate to the moderate, women's fashions continued to be decorative and physically restrictive. This visible separation of the sexes was paralleled in other arenas - social, cultural, and religions. Some women defied this convention and cut their skirts short, abandoned their corsets, and put on trousers. In Pantaloons and Power Gayle V. Fisher shows how the reformers' denouncement of conventional dress highlighted the role of clothing in the struggle of power relations between the sexes.
Categories: History

Dress to Impress Knitted Scarves

Dress to Impress Knitted Scarves

I believe that if you are taking the time and expense to hand knit an accessory, it
should be special in some way and not just a scarf that ... I have included a
section, How to Read My Patterns (page 128), that will be helpful in getting
started.

Author: Pam Powers

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811713283

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 144

View: 448

This designer collection contains signature designs for ascots, cowls, and other scarves that will make the perfect fashion statement no matter the occasion. • One-of-a-kind designs that derive their inspiration from sources as diverse as cowboy bandanas and vintage lace petticoats, worked up in a range of textured and colorwork stitches and fibers • Photos include ideas for different ways the scarves can be worn • Collection includes a stitch/technique photo tutorial section
Categories: Crafts & Hobbies

Little Green Dresses

Little Green Dresses

Author Sparkles offers up an array of project ideas that are both earth- and user-friendly. She includes 50 original patterns for repurposed dresses, tops, skirts, and more. Included are sewing and shopping resources and a fitting guide.

Author: Tina Sparkles

Publisher: Taunton Press

ISBN: 9781600851216

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 250

View: 138

Author Sparkles offers up an array of project ideas that are both earth- and user-friendly. She includes 50 original patterns for repurposed dresses, tops, skirts, and more. Included are sewing and shopping resources and a fitting guide.
Categories: Crafts & Hobbies

Fashion and Fiction

Fashion and Fiction

This book, the first of its kind, examines Stuart England through the mirror of dress.

Author: Aileen Ribeiro

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300109993

Category: Art

Page: 387

View: 261

Relatively few garments survive from before the eighteenth century, and the history of costume in the preceding centuries must therefore rely to a great extent on literary and visual evidence. This book, the first of its kind, examines Stuart England through the mirror of dress. It argues that both artistic and literary sources can be read and decoded for important information on dress and the way it was perceived in a period of immense political, social, and cultural change. Focusing on the rich visual culture of the seventeenth century, including portraits, engravings, fashion plates, and sculpture, and on literary sources--poetry, drama, essays, sermons--the distinguished historian of dress Aileen Ribeiro creates a fascinating account of Stuart dress and how it both reflected and influenced society. Supported by a wealth of illustrative images, she explores such varied themes as court costumes, the masque, the ways in which political and religious ideologies could be expressed in dress, and the importance of London as a fashion center. This beautiful book is an indispensable and authoritative account of what people wore and how it related to Stuart England’s cultural climate.
Categories: Art

Pious Fashion

Pious Fashion

She invites readers to join her in three Muslim-majority nations as she surveys pious fashion from head to toe and shows how Muslim women approach the question “What to wear?” with style.

Author: Elizabeth Bucar

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674976160

Category: Design

Page: 235

View: 611

For many Westerners, the veil is the ultimate sign of women’s oppression. But Elizabeth Bucar’s take on Muslim women’s clothing is a far cry from this attitude. She invites readers to join her in three Muslim-majority nations as she surveys pious fashion from head to toe and shows how Muslim women approach the question “What to wear?” with style.
Categories: Design

How to Never Look Fat Again

How to Never Look Fat Again

So, if you've ever put on a piece of clothing and asked "Does this make me look fat?" Finally, here is the book that will answer your question.

Author: Charla Krupp

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780446563956

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 264

View: 388

The new groundbreaking style-guide from bestseller author Charla Krupp on how to look 10 pounds lighter, 10 years younger and 10 times sexier every day, all year--in summer, winter, at the gym, even in a swimsuit! You'll never get dressed the same way again once you discover: *smart, easy ways to hide arm flap, a big bust, a muffin top, back fat, Buddha belly, a big booty, wide hips, thunder thighs, and heavy calves-and that's only half the book. *which fabrics, colors, and styles make women look fat *absolutely the best shades, shapes, and brilliant buys to make the pounds invisible *clever solutions for special fashion situations--workout gear, evening wear, and even swimsuits! *which products, fashions, and services you shouldn't waste your money on *the top ten tips that will make you look thinner by tonight! So, if you've ever put on a piece of clothing and asked "Does this make me look fat?" Finally, here is the book that will answer your question.
Categories: Health & Fitness

How to Make a Dress

How to Make a Dress

Decades in the making, How to Make a Dress is an unforgettable book for anyone who has ever loved a piece of clothing.

Author: Jenny Packham

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473563827

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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‘From inspiration to sketch, pattern to fabric, the making of a dress has been the structure that has held me, and my passion to dress others is the momentum of my life.’ Jenny Packham is one of Britain’s leading designers and most in-demand couturiers, known for her exquisite dresses made for brides, celebrities and even royalty. In How to Make a Dress, she explores her creative journey in a brilliant meditation on life and style. Beginning with the search for creative inspiration and taking us into her studio then onto the red carpet and beyond, she asks the questions that have preoccupied us for centuries: What makes the perfect dress? What do our clothes mean to us? And why do we dress the way we do? Whether she is on the trail of Marilyn Monroe in LA, designing a bespoke piece for the red carpet or sketching for a new collection, Jenny documents her pursuit of the eternal truths of style. Decades in the making, How to Make a Dress is an unforgettable book for anyone who has ever loved a piece of clothing.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible

What is more, they intuit how they should respond in order to avoid destruction.
The entire ... The king issues a decree requiring all the people and the animals in
the city to fast, dress in sackcloth, pray, and repent of evil deeds and violence.

Author: Steven L McKenzie

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199840032

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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McKenzie argues that to comprehend the Bible we must grasp the intentions of the biblical authors themselves--what sort of texts they thought they were writing and how they would have been understood by their intended audience. In short, we must recognize the genres to which these texts belong. McKenzie examines several genres that are typically misunderstood, offering careful readings of specific texts to show how the confusion arises, and how knowing the genre produces a correct reading. The book of Jonah, for example, offers many clues that it is meant as a humorous satire, not a straight-faced historical account of a man who was swallowed by a fish. Likewise, McKenzie explains that the very names "Adam" and "Eve" tell us that these are not historical characters, but figures who symbolize human origins ("Adam" means man , "Eve" is related to the word for life ). Similarly, the authors of apocalyptic texts--including the Book of Revelation--were writing allegories of events that were happening in their own time. Not for a moment could they imagine that centuries afterwards, readers would be poring over their works for clues to the date of the Second Coming of Christ, or when and how the world would end. For anyone who takes reading the Bible seriously and who wants to get it right, this book will be both heartening and enlightening.
Categories: Religion

Dress Like a Parisian

Dress Like a Parisian

' This book is illustrated with photography shot on the streets of Paris plus illustrations by acclaimed fashion illustrator, Judith van den Hoek, who has worked with Elle, Hermes, Vogue, Prada and Grazia.

Author: Aloïs Guinut

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781784724740

Category: Design

Page: 240

View: 153

Bring a Parisian je ne sais quoi to your style, wherever you live. Dress Like a Parisian is a wise and witty guide to finding your personal style, taking inspiration from how real Parisian women dress. With personal stylist and fashion blogger Aloïs Guinut as your guide, you can explore which colours, shapes and styles work best for you, whatever the occasion. Aloïs reveals Parisian style secrets, rejects restrictive fashion rules and shares her favourite shops and brands, demonstrating how you can use fashion to enhance your personality rather than shaping your personality to fashion. In the words of the patron saint of Parisian women, Yves St. Laurent, 'fashions fade, style is eternal.' This book is illustrated with photography shot on the streets of Paris plus illustrations by acclaimed fashion illustrator, Judith van den Hoek, who has worked with Elle, Hermes, Vogue, Prada and Grazia.
Categories: Design

Make Your Own Dress Patterns

Make Your Own Dress Patterns

A nationally acclaimed sewing expert provides simple, step-by-step directions and more than 1,000 illustrations for making clothes for work, home, and play — everything from stylish skirts, dresses, and jackets to children's clothing.

Author: Adele P. Margolis

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486132310

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 480

View: 523

A nationally acclaimed sewing expert provides simple, step-by-step directions and more than 1,000 illustrations for making clothes for work, home, and play — everything from stylish skirts, dresses, and jackets to children's clothing.
Categories: Crafts & Hobbies

How To Read Heidegger

How To Read Heidegger

Even when we resist the public norms of success and validity, we constantly take
measure of the way we differ from the ... one in particular ever really decides how
things should be done – for example, how one is supposed to dress for a day at ...

Author: Mark Wrathall

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 9781783780730

Category: Philosophy

Page:

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Heidegger is perhaps the most influential, yet least readily understood, philosopher of the last century. Mark A. Wrathall unpacks Heidegger's dense prose and guides the reader through Heidegger's early concern with the nature of human existence and his later preoccupation with the threat that technology poses to our ability to live worthwhile lives. Wrathall pays particular attention to Heidegger's revolutionary analysis of human existence as inextricably shaped by a shared world. This leads to an exploration of his views on the banality of public life and the possibility of authentic anticipation of death as a response to that banality. Wrathall reviews Heidegger's scandalous involvement with National Socialism, situating it in the context of his views about the movement of world history. He also explains Heidegger's important accounts of truth, art and language. Extracts are taken from Heidegger's magnum opus, Being and Time, as well as a variety of his best-known essays and lectures.
Categories: Philosophy

Dress Casual

Dress Casual

Dress Casual: How College Students Redefined American Style

Author: Deirdre Clemente

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469614076

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 755

Dress Casual: How College Students Redefined American Style
Categories: Education

How To Read Freud

How To Read Freud

Clothing need not be formal, as in the waking mind, where thoughts must
conform to a strictly enforced syntactical and logical dress code. But neither can
an unconscious impulse turn up naked and expect to be let in. For this usher has
a grave ...

Author: Josh Cohen

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 9781783780686

Category: Psychology

Page:

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In this engaging introduction, Josh Cohen argues that Freud shows above all that any thought, word or action, however apparently trivial, can invite close reading. Indeed, it may be just this insight that provokes so much opposition to psychoanalysis. By reading short extracts from across Freud's work, addressing the neuroses, the unconscious, words, death and (of course) sex, How to Read Freud brings out the paradoxical core of psychoanalytic thinking: that our innermost truths only ever manifest themselves as distortions. Read attentively, our dreams, errors, jokes and symptoms - in short, our everyday lives - reveal us as masters of disguise, as unrecognizable to ourselves as to others.
Categories: Psychology