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Japanese Fashion: A Cultural History Paperback – January 5, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1847882523 ISBN-10: 1847882528

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847882528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847882523
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,070,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Slade sets himself very ambitious targets in Japanese Fashion: A Cultural History, an analytical survey of a whole clothing culture, which he successfully meets. Dr. Slade is an imaginative historian who has the ability to synthesize a wide range of sources, ranging from the offical record to the ephemeral and teh vernacular. Peter McNeil, Fashion Theory: Volume 14, Issue 4 This book is much more than just about fashion - it includes discussions of comparatives, political thought, mass-consumerism, the cloth industry and industrialization, roles of department stores, fashion magazines, wood-block prints, -art, education, schooling, sport,importance of The Rokumeikan (new large westernized building for the elite), and what Slade calls samuraization of all classes. Long, dense read, but really intriguing. Ann Wright

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Toby Slade has a Ph.D. in Art History and Theory from Sydney University and is currently lecturing in fashion theory at Keio Univeristy in Tokyo.

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By DeedleDoo on August 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most informative and insightful works of fashion history I have read. Slade's book explores one fascinating example of the complex interaction between fashion, modernization, personal expression, and the state. I teach a yearly fashion-theory seminar at a well-regarded institution, and I would sooner cut, say, Roland Barthes, than leave this selection out of the syllabus. (Concerning the reviewer below: to give this incredible book two stars just because it lacks pictures is misguided and utterly unhelpful to potential readers.)
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 21, 2013
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It's odd to me that a book about the cultural history of fashion in a country has no pictorial references.
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