By Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Taking an international, multicultural, social, and fiscal standpoint, this paintings explores the various and vibrant historical past of human dresses. From prehistoric occasions to the age of globalization, articles conceal the evolution of garments application, type, construction, and trade, together with add-ons (shoes, hats, gloves, purses, and jewelry) for males, girls, and children.

Dress for various climates, occupations, leisure actions, non secular observances, rites of passages, and different human wishes and reasons - from searching and struggle to activities and house exploration - are tested extensive and element. type and layout tendencies in assorted ancient sessions, areas and international locations, and social and ethnic teams represent an important quarter of insurance, as does the evolution of fabrics (from animal fur to textiles to artificial materials) and construction tools (from stitching and weaving to commercial production and computer-aided design). gown as a mirrored image of social prestige, highbrow and creative developments, fiscal stipulations, cultural alternate, and glossy media advertising and marketing are ordinary topics. Influential figures and associations in type layout, and production, retail revenues, creation applied sciences, and comparable fields also are covered.

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