Description : Taking a global, multicultural, social, and economic perspective, this work explores the diverse and colourful history of human attire. From prehistoric times to the age of globalization, articles cover the evolution of clothing utility, style, production, and commerce, including accessories (shoes, hats, gloves, handbags, and jewellery) for men, women, and children. Dress for different climates, occupations, recreational activities, religious observances, rites of passages, and other human needs and purposes - from hunting and warfare to sports and space exploration - are examined in depth and detail. Fashion and design trends in diverse historical periods, regions and countries, and social and ethnic groups constitute a major area of coverage, as does the evolution of materials (from animal fur to textiles to synthetic fabrics) and production methods (from sewing and weaving to industrial manufacturing and computer-aided design). Dress as a reflection of social status, intellectual and artistic trends, economic conditions, cultural exchange, and modern media marketing are recurring themes. Influential figures and institutions in fashion design, industry and manufacturing, retail sales, production technologies, and related fields are also covered.
Description : FEATURING BRANDS - Agent Provocateur - Bordelle - Calvin Klein - Coco De Mer - La Fille d’O - La Perla - Mise En Cage - Nichole de Carle - Paul Seville - Dita Von Teese - Wonderbra - Zahia Dehar If you appreciate cinema classics one might be excused for thinking that our prehistoric ancestors rocked furry bikinis à lá Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C., but for the longest of times ladies have been looking for ways to support, suppress or accentuate the curves for a long time. From the origins of basic undergarments to the Victorian corset to the birth of the engineering feat of the underwire bra, that versatile undergarment that helps defy gravity. And it turns out we have ancient Egyptians to thank for it (no surprise there, Nefertiti). Egyptians wore a band of linen under their diaphanous robes to fl atten the bust line, while in China they were developing their own solutions — women wore single-pieced underpinnings that covered the breasts and belly but left the back, exposed. In fact, outerwear has always dictated the look and function of undergarments. Cretan women pretty much invented the corset to get a wasp-waisted look that predated Mae West’s hourglass fi gure by 3,000 years. But how did we get from there to La Perla and Agent Provocateur? CONTENTS INTRODUCTION A BRIEF HISTORY OF BRIEFS LINGERIE THROUGH THE DECADES THE STORY OF THE BIKINI THE MOST MEMORABLE SWIMSUIT IMAGES OF ALL TIME HISTORY OF MEN’S UNDERWEAR BRANDS OF NOTE The MASTERS OF FASHION series could well be the most extensive and complete publishing initiative ever released on this subject. This series has been created as hard cover and soft cover 280mm x 216mm colour books, ebooks and a ground breaking video rich App versions per edition coming soon for mobile devices, and a TV documentary series is also in development.
Description : The Swimsuit: Fashion from Poolside to Catwalk documents the modern swimsuit's trajectory from men's underwear and circus/performance wear to its unique niche in world fashion. It emphasizes the relationship between fashion, media, celebrity, sport and the cultivation of the modern body. This fascinating book provides an historical, sociological and cultural context in which to view how the swimsuit - and Australia, the country that significantly influenced its modern form - migrated from the cultural and colonial periphery to the centre of international attention. In addition, the book offers new perspectives on national histories of the swimsuit and investigates how traditional European fashion centers have opened up to new markets and modes of living, bringing together influences from around the globe. The Swimsuit is essential reading for students, scholars, and the general reader interested in fashion, popular culture, history, media, sport, and gender studies.
Description : Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 52. Chapters: Bikini, Loincloth, History of the bikini, Bikini variant, Swimsuit, Thong, Bikini in popular culture, Social impact of thong underwear, Bikini barista, Tankini, Monokini, LZR Racer, Swim briefs, Arena X-Glide, Boardshorts, Rash guard, G-string, Burqini, Men's bikini, High-technology swimwear fabric, Maillot, One-piece swimsuit, Square leg suit, Veilkini, Aquapel, Bodyskin, Trunks, Tanga, Kneeskin, Legskin, Swim jammer, Chained, Sling bikini, Racerback. Excerpt: The history of the bikini is a checkered one. Though the bikini shocked when it appeared on French beaches in 1947, its origins date back millennia. Depictions of bikini-like garments appear at the Chalcolithic site of atalh y k, and two-piece bikini-like garments were worn by women for athletic purposes in Ancient Greece as far back as 1400 BC. Roman mosaic artwork in Sicily, dubbed "Bikini Girls" and dating back to the reign of Diocletian (286-305 AD) gained significant archeological renown, and Roman statues of Venus in a bikini were found elsewhere. In the modern era, the first functional two-piece swimsuit was designed in 1913 by Carl Jantzen. Australian swimmer-performer Annette Kellerman was arrested in 1907 for wearing a two-piece. Later it was made popular by pin-up girls like swimmer-actress Esther Williams, and actresses Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner. The modern bikini was invented by French engineer Louis R ard in 1946. He named it after Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, the site of an atomic bomb test on July 1, 1946. R ard hoped that the burst of excitement it caused would be as explosive as an atomic bomb. Since his contemporary Jacques Heim had called his bikini precursor the Atome in view of its size, R ard claimed to have "split the Atome" to make it even smaller. His innovation was to expose the navel, which was not done in earlie...
Description : "Gay style actually sets trends. It's what straight people take fashion from."--Tony Woodcock From the New Edwardians and muscle boys to Radical Drag and Genderfuck, gay men's dress has had a profound impact on fashion. However, it is easy to forget that, with few exceptions, gay men earlier in the century took great pains to conceal their sexual identity. Men such as Quentin Crisp, while highly influential, were far from the norm. Most gay men resorted to a number of subtle dress codes to identify themselves to other gay men -- from Oscar Wilde's famous green carnation, which was still being worn in the 1930s, through to suede shoes. Beginning with a look at the subcultural world of gay men in the early part of this century -- particularly in New York and London -- this fascinating book analyzes the trends in dress adopted by gay men as well as the challenge gay style has made to mainstream men's fashion. The importance of dress choice to the formation of sexual identity is highlighted, as is gay influence on punk and the fashion industry as a whole. The rise of new dress choices in the wake of gay liberation is analyzed with particular emphasis on the masculinization of gay dress. The importance of the body to gay culture is addressed, from the physique magazines of the 1950s, through to tattooing and body piercing, and their origins in the S&M scene. Anyone interested in gay culture or the history of dress will find this book to be essential reading.
Description : In Buy It Now, Michele White examines eBay and its emphasis on community and social norms, revealing the cultural assumptions about gender, race, and sexuality that are reinforced throughout the site. She shows how instructional texts, rule systems, and advertisements "configure the user," allowing eBay to indicate how the site is supposed to function while also upholding particular values and practices. White details how eBay reinforces stereotypes about gender and sexuality, looking, for example, at descriptions included in wedding dress listings, and how eBay directs individuals to the "Adult Only" part of the website when they use the search terms "gay" and "lesbian." She discloses the ways that eBay promises a caring community but its "Black Americana" category reproduces racism by allowing sellers' narratives that excuse and romanticize slavery and insult African Americans. White also looks at how participants challenge eBay's categories, rules, and values, examining widely used strategies of resistance by sellers and buyers in the lesbian and gay interest listings. By analyzing the organizational and cultural logics present in eBay, White emphasizes how other Internet settings, including craigslist, are not as transparent, community-oriented, and empowering as they claim. She proposes methods for researching and reconceptualizing new media sites.