Clothing as Material Culture
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Clothing as Material Culture by Susanne Kuchler
Book DescriptionThis book puts the material back into clothing. In recent years social scientists have become increasingly interested in theories of fashion, but have rarely directly addressed the material qualities of clothing. By contrast, traditional studies of dress have focused on textiles but often neglect the larger cultural context within which dress becomes consumed as clothing. This book fills a major gap by combining these two 'camps' through an expressly material culture approach to clothing. In sustained case studies, Kchler and Miller argue that cloth and clothing are living, vibrant parts of culture and the body. From the recycling of cloth in Africa and India and the use of pattern in the Pacific, to the history of 'wash and wear' and why women wear the wrong clothes to restaurants in London, this book shows the considerable advantage gained by seamlessly combining material and social aspects of dress and textiles.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845200671
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Susanne Kuchler
Pacific Pattern, Hardback (September 2005)
Lavishly illustrated throughout with a rare combination of contemporary, archival and museum images, Pacific Pattern takes us on a spectacular journey through the history of the Pacific and the myriad ways in which its peoples weave, bind, knit, plait, rub and stamp patterns of astonishing creativity.
Clothing as Material Culture, Hardback (March 2005)
Social scientists, though interested in fashion theories, have rarely addressed the material qualities of clothing. In contrast, traditional studies of dress have focused on textiles but neglect the context within which dress becomes consumed as clothing. This book aims to combine these two 'camps' through a material culture approach to clothing.
Art of Clothing: A Pacific Experience, Paperback (February 2005)» View all books by Susanne Kuchler
The Art of Clothing: A Pacific Experience is a collection of richly textured and tremendously engaging empirical studies of cloth and clothing in colonial and post-colonial Pacific contexts.
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Author Biography - Susanne Kuchler
Dr. Susanne Kuchler is a Material Culture Masters Tutor in the Department of Anthropology, University College London. Daniel Miller is a Professor of Material Culture in the Department of Anthropology, University College London, and the author of numerous books, including The Sari, with Mukulika Bannerjee.
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