The Worldwide History of Dress: Arabic edition

The Worldwide History of Dress: Arabic Edition

  1. Patricia Rieff Anawalt
  • ISBN 9780500516065
  • 28.00 x 23.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 608pp
  • With over 1000 illustrations, 900 in colour
  • First published 2015

From Upper Paleolithic plant-fibre skirts, Ancient Egyptian linen shifts and Roman togas, through Mongolian shamanic robes, Japanese kimonos and Indian saris, to nineteenth-century Tyrolean dirndls, African ceremonial attire and Middle Eastern burqas, this remarkable book covers every notable geographical region, historical period and style of costume worldwide.

All aspects of dress and accessories are discussed: basic men’s and women’s clothing, footwear, headgear, outerwear, jewelry, armour, special costumes, garment decoration, and face and body modification. More than one thousand illustrations reveal the sheer range of global clothing traditions, using an astonishing variety of sources: vintage and modern-day photographs of people in local apparel, colour plates of museum-quality artifacts on display or posed on mannequins, historical paintings, miniatures, woodblock prints, statues, stone plaques, monumental carvings, friezes, murals, mosaics and pottery. There are diagrams that explain how garments are worn, line drawings that illustrate traditional motifs and designs, and over fifty specially commissioned maps.

Brilliantly tracing influences from culture to culture, this tour-de-force journey across the globe includes descriptions of each region’s population, geography and climate, allowing the reader to understand the development of an area’s clothing customs. Complete with an extensive reference section, this treasure trove of information is a glorious celebration of ethnographic clothing and is destined to be the standard reference work on the subject.

Patricia Rieff Anawalt is the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Regional Dress at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles. An Aztec specialist with a doctorate in anthropology, her prior publications include Indian Clothing Before Cortés and the prize-winning, four-volume Codex Mendoza, as well as dozens of articles in peer-review journals and special-interest magazines. Anawalt served for many years as a travelling lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America, receiving the Charles Elliot Norton Memorial Lectureship in 1992. She is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Costume Society of America. She also served on the initial President’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee.