Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7591-2148-5 • Hardback • October 2014 • $97.00 • (£75.00)
978-0-7591-2150-8 • eBook • October 2014 • $92.00 • (£71.00)
Annette Lynch is a professor in the Textile and Apparel Program at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research focuses on the role of dress and appearance in negotiating gender role transformation and cultural change, particularly within the United States. Her book Dress, Gender and Cultural Change examined the role of dress worn within rites of passage in modifying and reinventing tradition and gender ideals for Hmong and African American teenagers and young adults. She has also written extensively on the mainstreaming of porn culture into fashion and identity constructions in the new millennium.
Mitchell D. Strauss is professor of textiles and apparel at the University of Northern Iowa. He has been involved in education and consulting with the textile industry for more than thirty years. He has also served as the dean of the Institute of Textile Technology, department head of Design, Textiles and Interior Design at Kansas State University, and director of textile research at Air Products & Chemicals. His most recent scholarship has included field research exploring the meaning of dress among Confederate Civil War re-enactors, as well as coauthoring with Dr. Lynch Changing Fashion: A Critical Introduction to Trend Analysis and Meaning.
African Head Wrap
Aloha Shirt (Hawai‘ian Shirt)
Batik Cloth Apparel
Bootlace Tie (UK Teddy Boys)
British Riding Boots
Busserull (Norwegian Work Shirt)
Calico and Chintz
Chima Chinese Flats
Chinese Silk Pajamas
Ch’ullu (Quechua) or Chullo (Hispanicized)
Conical Asian Hat
Hanfu Chinese Robes
Harem Pant (Salwar)
Japanese Street Fashion
Kebaya and Skirt
Mexican Pointy Boots
Mexican Tourist/Souvenir Jacket
Norwegian Knitted Mittens and Gloves
Paj Ntaub (Hmong Flower Cloth)
Pashmina Shawl and Scarf
Slouch Hat (Australian)
Wingtips (Brogue Shoe)
About the Editors and Contributors
One way that multicultural diversity in the United States can be seen is by observing past and present ethnic influences on contemporary fashion. Like much of the US population, anorak parkas, Ugg boots, pashmina shawls, and dashikis—to name just a few of the topics covered in this concise volume—all came from somewhere else. More than 150 diverse and unique clothing items, including headwear, shoes, jewelry, and accessories, are described in short signed essays by contributors with academic credentials or professional interests in fashion and costume. Each signed entry provides a brief history of the artifact's origins, how it has been interpreted in the US, and the influences or impact it may have had on popular dress and culture. The entries provide ample see also and compare to cross-references, along with short lists of further readings. Selected entries are accompanied by small but detailed black-and-white ink drawings. The inclination of some contributors to provide examples of ethnic dress worn by particular film and music celebrities tends to date some of the entries. Based on the content and writing, this resource seems most appropriate for public libraries and secondary-school reference collections. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers.
— Choice Reviews
The information is highly engaging and challenges the beliefs Americans may hold about their own culture. . . .Ethnic Dress in the USA is written for a general audience making it appropriate for public libraries, secondary schools and community college libraries, as well as colleges and universities with programmes in textiles, culture and history.
— Reference Reviews
Ethnic Dress in the United States is the go-to resource for anyone who has ever wondered where a particular clothing item or style originated. This work also provides an entry into further exploration of the diverse ethnic groups that continue to enrich the culture of the United States through the introduction and transformation of traditional clothing into Western fashion.
— Laura Kidd, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Foreword by Joanne Eicher, Regents Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota
Each entry defines and describes the item, its origins and arrival in the United States, how it has been/is worn, and what it has represented over time.
Further Reading suggestions direct interested readers to additional information beyond the encyclopedia.
Contributions by experts in Museum Studies, Costume Design, Costume History, Anthropology, and more.
Employs a material culture approach to explore the ethnic-based core ideologies, myths, and cultural codes that have played a role in the formation of and continued story of the United States.