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Shoddy From Devil's Dust to the Renaissance of Rags
ISBN: HB: 9780226377759, University of Chicago Press, April 2020
272 pp., 20.3x15.2 cm, 4 colour plates, 65 halftones
You know shoddy: an adjective meaning cheap and likely poorly made. But did you know that before it became a popular descriptor, shoddy was first coined as a noun? In the early nineteenth century, shoddy was the name given to a new textile material m...
Little Black Dress From Mourning to Night
ISBN: PB: 9781883982843, University of Chicago Press, Missouri Historical Society Press, April 2016
160 pp., 25.4x20.3 cm, 75 colour plates
What's the most important garment in a woman's closet? More often than not, the answer is "the little black dress". For decades, fashion magazines have touted the LBD as the perfect solution to almost every fashion crisis. Dressed up or down, with fl...
Alaska Eskimo Footwear
ISBN: PB: 9781602230064, ISBN: HB: 9781889963808, University of Chicago Press, University of Alaska Press, June 2007
176 pp., 27.9x21.6 cm, 153 colour plates, 2 maps, 2 line drawings
"Alaska Eskimo Footwear" celebrates the incredible beauty and spiritual significance of the shoes and boots worn by Alaska Native peoples. Stunning photography brings the harsh and striking environment of the North alive and demonstrates how essentia...