From School Library Journal
YA?Contemporary costume throughout the world is beautifully photographed in this attractive volume. It focuses on the dress of people who "do not adhere to the trends of Westernized fashion." In addition to the wide scope and aesthetic appeal of this book, readers will find a concise description of the ethnic composition along with maps of the areas.
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From Library Journal
It is amazing to observe how traditional forms of dress have survived for centuries?even if today they are worn only for holiday or ceremonial occasions. Such costumes from all regions of the world are represented here in 500 full-color photographs of individuals and groups. Considering the scope, treatment is necessarily brief but does include fascinating facts about the background, traditions, and evolution of the garments as well as design, materials, and decorations. The result is a kaleidoscope of exotic hues and embellishments. Maps identify each geographic region, and a two-page glossary is added. Fashion historian Kennett (A Woman by Design, LJ 11/1/88) shows respect for her subject and appreciation of diverse cultures. An exciting resource for designers and students, this book will also delight armchair travelers. Highly recommended for public, academic, and specialized collections.?Therese D. Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green
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