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The Social Life of Kimono: Japanese Fashion Past and Present, Sheila Cliffe (2017)

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London and New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 249 pp.,

ISBN 978-1-47258-553-0, h/bk, £79.20
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Document Type: Book Review

Affiliations: 000000046065564XParsons School of Design

Publication date: June 1, 2019

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  • We all wear clothes. We are all therefore invested at some level in the production and consumption of clothing. This journal intends to embrace issues and themes that are both universal and personal, addressing [and dressing] us all. Increasingly, as we all become accomplished semioticians, clothing becomes the key signifier in determining social interaction and behaviour, and sartorial norms dictate socio-cultural appropriateness. Following the rise of fashion theory, on an everyday level, we all understand that our clothes 'say' something about us, about our times, nation, system of values. Yet clothing is not fashion; clothing is a term derivative from 'cloth', to cover the body, whereas fashion alludes to the glamorous, the ephemeral and the avant garde. We wear clothes, but imagine fashion-an unattainable ideal.
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