Dress and globalisation

By Margaret Maynard

Dress and globalisation

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6389-3
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: June 2004
  • BIC Category: Art History, Material culture, Fashion & textiles, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization, DESIGN / Fashion, Society & social sciences / Globalization, Society & social sciences / Material culture
  • Series: Studies in Design and Material Culture


Dress and globalisation is the first work to survey dress around the world, drawing together issues of consumption, ethnicity, gender and the body, as well as anthropological accounts and studies of representation. It examines international western style dress, including jeans and business suits, headwear and hairdressing, ethnicity and so called 'ethnic chic', clothes for the tourist market, the politicisation of traditional dress, 'alternative' dressing, and T-shirts as temporary markers of identity. It also considers dress and environmental issues, touching on adventure gear, the 'green' consumer and the possible impact of 'smart' clothing. Dispelling the myth of universal 'world' attire, this book demonstrates that western-style clothing transcends geographical boundaries but along with other forms of dress, can form a montage of differing tastes, ethnic preferences and national and local imperatives. By discussing the nature of globalisation, this book shows that, if economics permit, all cultures are selective in their choice of what to wear. Dress and globalisation will be welcomed by students of dress history and cultural studies.


Frontispiece Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Captions Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Theorising Global Dress 2. Dress and Global Sameness 3. Political Dress 4. Ethnic Dress or Fashionably 'Ethnic'? 5. Style and Communication 6. Headwear: Negotiating Meaning 7. What's the Alternative? 8. Clothing: Is there a Responsible Choice? Bibliography Index


Margaret Maynard is Senior Lecturer in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

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