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Back in Fashion: Western Fashion from the Middle Ages to the Present (Hardcover)

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An engaging survey from the Middle Ages to the present, presenting fashion as a complex process that reflects economic, social, and political changes

This engaging volume tells the history of Western fashion, exploring how and why it has influenced people’s attitudes, actions, and beliefs since the Middle Ages. Back in Fashion focuses on themes specific to particular periods—such as the significance of medieval sumptuary laws that limited expenditure on clothing; the use of black in early modern Europe; the role of sports on clothing in contemporary times; and the rise of luxury in the new millennium. Author Giorgio Riello investigates how fashion has shaped and continues to characterize Western societies, impacting the lives of millions of people and their relationship to the economy and politics.
 
Making a masterful case for why fashion history demands academic consideration on par with other more traditional histories, Riello presents fashion as a complex and constantly evolving force that not only reflects but drives cultural transformation.

About the Author


Giorgio Riello is chair of early modern global history at the European University Institute in Florence and professor of global history and culture at the University of Warwick, UK.
 
Product Details
ISBN: 9780300218848
ISBN-10: 0300218842
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: May 19th, 2020
Pages: 289
Language: English