Synopses & Reviews
Published in summer 2010 in print and online, the 10-volume Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion
is the first comprehensive reference work to explore all aspects of dress and fashion globally - from pre-history to the present day. Arranged geographically and written by an international team of experts, the Encyclopedia will serve as the go-to source for all issues relating the art and anthropology of costume, dress, and fashion the world over for students, scholars, members of the design and fashion industries, and fashion aficionados for years to come.
The Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion brings together for the first time the work of over 600 renowned scholars from every part of the globe. All articles have been specially commissioned and particular effort has been made to commission articles by indigenous scholars with in-depth local knowledge.
2011 Booklist Editors' Choice
"The writing is readable for the layperson as well as the student or scholar... The inclusion of peripheral subjects illustrates hat there are many aspects of fashion and dress, and fashion and dress play a role in many aspects of human life" - Booklist
"This work is arguably the new benchmark in its field." - Library Journal
"In this age of reliance on search engines for research, the Berg taxonomy offers a refreshingly direct means of accessing the increasingly diverse range of literature on clothing and dress. This tool will aid individuals with general, specialized, and visual study needs." -Paula A. Baxter, Curator, Art and Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library
"The study of fashion (or dress) speaks to key research fields within human geography, including the body, corporeality, consumption, commodity chains and retailing. The BFL will be a key resource for researchers and graduate students in the field."-Nicky Gregson, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield
"This is a really worthwhile project. It will be useful for students at many levels of costume/dress/fashion studies. It is not intimidating and has the potential to expand and is flexible which is invaluable for a resource like this."-Valerie Cumming, Chairman, The Costume Society, and formerly Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Museum of London
"The Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion fills another longstanding need. It is the first major reference work to treat dress and fashion in a worldwide, comprehensive manner steeped in serious scholarship." - Against the Grain
"Available online as part of the Berg Fashion Library"--V. 1, \ t.p. verso.
About the Author
Editor in Chief Joanne B. Eicher is Regents' Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota, and a specialist in the anthropology of dress. She is author and editor of many books, including The Visible Self and Mother, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood. She is the series editor for the Berg series Dress, Body, Culture.
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Africa
Volume 2: Latin America and the Caribbean
Volume 3: The United States and Canada
Volume 4: South Asia and Southeast Asia
Volume 5: Central and Southwest Asia
Volume 6: East Asia
Volume 7: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands
Volume 8: West Europe
Volume 9: East Europe, Russia and the Caucasus
Volume 10: Global Perspectives