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Riello and McNeils new collection of essays represents an immense and impressive project - ChoiceNow, the key contributions from nearly every expert in the field are assembled in one fascinating book. This kaleidoscopic and informative volumeMoreRiello and McNeils new collection of essays represents an immense and impressive project - ChoiceNow, the key contributions from nearly every expert in the field are assembled in one fascinating book. This kaleidoscopic and informative volume ranges impressively across conventional boundaries of chronology, geography, and discipline. Glenn Adamson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UKThis book is indispensable for anyone interested in fashion. History has never been more alive than in the pages of this Reader. Patrizia Calefato, University of Bari, ItalyThe Fashion History Reader is an innovative work that provides a broad introduction to the complex literature in the fields of fashion studies, and dress and fashion history.Twenty-three chapters and over forty shorter Snapshot texts cover a wide range of topics and approaches within the history of fashion, ranging from object-based studies to theory-driven analyses. The book is divided into six parts, surveying some of the key themes in the history of fashion. Themes also move in and across time, providing a chronology to enable student learning: ?parts 1-3 cover the fifteenth to the eighteenth-centuryparts 4 and 5 cover the nineteenth-century to the contemporary (with particular attention given to non-European countries)part 6 provides a survey of the global setting and current globalised nature of fashion.A comprehensive introduction by the editors contextualises debates for students, synthesising past history and bringing them up-to-date through a discussion of globalisation. Each section also includes a short, accessible introduction by the editors, placing each chapter within the wider, thematic treatment of fashion and its history, and an Annotated Guide to Further Reading encourages students to enhance their learning independently.