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Why Would Anyone Wear That?: Fascinating Fashion Facts

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Bustles. Tight-laced Corsets. Caged crinolines that encased the hapless wearer in hoops of steel. Why would anyone want to wear such things? Yet, you can be certain that no lady of the Victorian upper class would choose to leave home without themandmdash;and sheandrsquo;d complete her look with a feather- and flower-festooned bonnet as befit the latest fashion.

With a blend of wisdom and wit, Why Would Anyone Wear That? explores extreme fashions from around the world. The Victorian era was by no means alone in strange sartorial choices. Throughout history, men and women have turned to clothing and accessories to adorn and accentuate parts of the body. Some of the fashions, like bloomers, were surprisingly functional. Others, like powdered wigs and hobble skirts, were inconvenient and uncomfortable. And a few particularly painful practices could even permanently disfigure the wearer, like brass coils worn in Burma to lengthen the neck and the custom of binding of womenandrsquo;s feet to fit tiny lotus slippers in Song dynasty China. Presenting dozens of the most peculiar fashions, including shoes, hats, jewelry, undergarments, and outerwear, the book provides insightful commentary, placing the garments and accessories in the proper historical, social, and cultural context.

If youandrsquo;ve ever wondered why the codpiece was created or the leisure suit went out of style, this book will answer that question and many more. Fully illustrated and packed with fun facts, Why Would Anyone Wear That? introduces readers to the fascinating stories behind some of the worldandrsquo;s weirdest fashions.

About the Author

Celia E. Stall-Meadows is professor of fashion marketing and the author of Fashion Now: A Global Perspective and Know Your Fashion Accessories.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction: andldquo;Why Would Anyone Wear That?andrdquo;

Fascinating Fashions

Hennins

Mad as Hatter

Feathered Hats

Powdering

Scented Cones

Ruffs

The Hope Diamond

The Koh-i-Noor Diamond

Giraffe Women

Muslin Fever

Burqas

Zoot Suits and Teddy Boys

Leisure Suits

Breast Binding

Flea Furs

Corsets

Caged Crinolines

Bustles

Chastity Belts

Bloomers

Pumpkin Breeches

Hobble Skirts

Poison Rings

Codpiece

Parti-colored Hosiery

Chinese Lily Feet

Poulaines or Cracows

Chopines and Pattens

Running Shoes

Disposable Fashions

Interpreting and Predicting Fashion

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9781841507279
Author:
Stall Meadows, Celia E
Publisher:
Intellect (UK)
Author:
Widener, Leslie Stall
Author:
Stall-Meadows, Celia
Author:
Stall-Meadows, Celia E.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 color plates
Pages:
84
Dimensions:
9 x 9 in

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