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Book Review: African Dress

They gave him garments of servitude, which he imagined the candid cloak of the martyr Oh naïve! Natively naïve! Fez and boots for his free domesticated feet… He rids himself of his collar–his tie hides the sweat soaking his shirt–of his somber jacket. He leans over a second plain saturated with fezzes and blood. (179) From Léopold Senghor, “The Despair of a Free Volunteer”, cited …

Book Review: A Cultural History of Fashion*

Recently updated, Bonnie English’s A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries: From Catwalk to Sidewalk (Bloomsbury, 2013) now includes four chapters on the thirteen short years of this new century. Written by an Australian, its focus is global, in contrast to the dozens of excellent but Anglo-centric books written by British fashion historians. There certainly should be a “Western” between “of” and “Fashion” …

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