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The Meanings of dress
Damhorst, Mary Lynn.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Fairchild Pub., [1999]

Physical Description:
xiv, 562 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 539-542) and index.
Format :


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GT525 .D36X 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This collection of articles from popular magazines, newspapers, books, and scholarly journals expands the reader's awareness and understanding of what dress is all about. The well-written essays illustrate essential topics, such as dress and sociology, cultural studies, consumer behavior, fashion systems, political conflict, and technological changes. Introductions to each chapter, written by the book's editors, discuss concepts and put the readings in larger perspective. Design and merchandising students will gain insight into how and why consumers buy clothing and other products related to dress and will grasp ways to forecast future trends. The book serves all interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary course needs.

Table of Contents

the Body in Cultural Context
Dress as Nonverbal Communication
Dress and Relationships
Appearance for Gender and Sexuality
Modesty and Immodesty
Dress in the Workplace
Dress from Infancy to Adolescence
Dressing throughout Adulthood
Race and Ethnicity
Fashion as Social Process
Dress and World Religions
Dress and Technological Change
Future Trends
New to this Edition
New chapters covering dress and relationsips, modesty and immodesty and technological change
Sixty-seven new readings, some previously printed in publications such as the New York Times, Essence, and Psychology Marketing, and others written for this collection
New and updated visuals from popular magazines, newspapers and scholarly journals
Updated examples, references and learning activities
Other Text Features
the Instructor's Guide includes an outline of concepts presented in each chapter, listings of the readings cross referenced to general topics, and methods of implementing readings in the classroom