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This revised collection of articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals expands the readers awareness and understanding of what dress is all about. The essays in The Meanings of Dress, 2nd Edition, illustrate essential topics, such as dress and sociology, cultural studies, gender, religion, modesty and technological changes. 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 multidisciplinary course needs.


This revised collection of articles from magazines, newspapers, books, and journals expands the reader's awareness and understanding of what dress is all about. The essays in

About the Author

Mary Lynn Damhorst is associate professor of textiles and clothing at Iowa State University. She is a member of the International Textile and Apparel Association. Her research and teaching interests are focused on the social, psychological and communications aspects of dress and the body, consumer behavior and body image. Some of her papers have been published in Psychology and Marketing, the Journal of Family Issues and Symbolic Interaction, among others. Her current research topics include women's appearance in business roles, media and family influences on self-image and consumer use of technology for shopping.

Susan O. Michelman is assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts in the consumer studies department. Her areas of research are social and psychological aspects of dress, multi-cultural and cross cultural analyses of dress, and contemporary fashion and design.

Kimberly Miller-Spillman is an associate professor in the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles Department of the University of Kentucky. She serves on the Editorial Board for the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal and has held leadership roles in the International Textiles and Apparel Association.

Table of Contents

* Introduction

* 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 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


* 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

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Damhorst, Mary Lynn
Fairchild Books
Miller-Spillman, Kimberly A.
Michelman, Susan O.
Michelman, Susan O.
Miller-Spillman, Kimberly A.
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