Old Clothes, New Looks: Second-Hand Fashion

ISBN: 1859738575
ISBN 13: 9781859738573
By: Alexandra Palmer Alexandra Palmer

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Second-hand fashion has a history as old as the production of clothing itself, but until recently it was given little consideration. Used clothes represent the largest numbers of existing garments but until recently they were not perceived as serious fashion items. However, this has changed dramatically with the rise of vintage web sites, value clothing chains, and the fashion media's perpetuation of the idea that secondhand clothes can be recycled into avant-garde "cool". This book not only shows how important used clothing has become but also what role it plays in culture and history. The Japanese, for example, traditionally salvage sections of kimonos, while in India garments are inexhaustibly recycled. This cross-cultural and historical perspective fills a major gap by offering fresh insights into the innovative use of secondhand dress and age-old traditions of recycling fashion.

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I skimmed several of the articles and read one all through: "Vintage Whores and Vintage Virgins: Second Hand Fashion in the Twenty-first Century." Not quite what I was looking for, although somewhat interesting.


I really only want to read a few of the essays in this collection - those that pertain to the 20th Century.

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