Old Clothes, New Looks

Old Clothes, New Looks

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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 qcoolq. 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.What begins as charity with donations of used clothing in the West becomes a whole industry that draws in countries like Zambia not as passive ... My emphasis has been on how the local value of imported second hand clothes is created through a variety of transformation ... Against this backdrop, salaula markets make available an abundance and variety of clothes that allow consumers to add theiranbsp;...

Title:Old Clothes, New Looks
Author:Alexandra Palmer, Hazel Clark
Publisher:Bloomsbury Academic - 2005-01-15


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