Understanding Fashion History
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As fashion history is now taught, a divide has developed between collections of dress in museums and academics who approach fashion via theories about the body, feminism, gender and postmodernism. This book reexamines the evolution of fashion history and changes in how and why it is studied. It makes a strong case for the significance of the collections, many of which are now at risk, as well as looking afresh at an ephemeral but joyously subversive aspect of artistic, cultural and social history.