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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing through American History [3 volumes]: From Colonial America through the Gilded Age, 1620-1899
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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing through American History [3 volumes]: From Colonial America through the Gilded Age, 1620-1899 (Hardback)

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Clothing can be primarily decorative or highly utilitarian; it can signal our place in society and how we earn our living. This fascinating reference set provides descriptions of styles of clothes that men, women, and children have worn in American eras before the 20th century - and just as important, why they wore them. The volumes cover fabrics, materials, and manufacturing; a discussion of levels of society, daily life, and dress; and the types of clothes worn by men, women, and children of the period, including American Indians, slaves, and people from the lower, middle, and upper classes. The set also features numerous illustrations, including many in color; helpful timelines; resource guides recommending Web sites, videos, and print publications; and, extensive glossaries.

KATHLEEN A. STAPLES is an independent scholar specializing in textiles as material culture. Over the past fifteen years, she has written about such diverse topics as clothing and textiles for the American Indian trade and the role of religion in the perpetuation of American embroidery. In 1998 she authored British Embroidery for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Staples's museum credits include exhibitions on historical knitting, lace, and embroidered samplers. MADELYN SHAW is Vice President for Collections and Exhibitions at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts. ANN BUERMANN WASS has a Ph.D. in costume and textile history from the University of Maryland and is the historian at Riversdale, a Federal era house museum, where she coordinates programs and exhibits. She has lectured on a variety of costume-related topics as well as presenting juried papers and research exhibits and is a member of the Costume Society of America. MICHELLE WEBB FANDRICH is a fashion and textile historian and appraiser. She has served on the curatorial staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her published works include La Derniere Mode: Blogging Fashion (2008 in Extreme Fashion) and Costume Worldwide: A Historical Sourcebook (2008). ANITA STAMPER is a professor at Lambuth University and previously at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her background is in costume and textile history research based on primary documentation. She authored the chapter Fashion (1900-1909) in the series American Decades: Primary Sources and also coauthored Mississippi Homespun: Nineteenth-Century Mississippi Textiles and the Women who Made Them (1989). JILL CONDRA has taught clothing and textile history at the University of British Columbia, the University of Prince Edward Island, and the University of Manitoba. She is the co-author of The Guide to Textiles for Interiors (2003) and edited and co-wrote The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing Through World History (2007). Her clothing research, based largely on material history models, looks at clothing in its historical context and has allowed her to conduct research in many of the most exciting costume collections in the world.

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