- Broad in scope – covers women, men, social groupings and nations from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.
- Rich in detail – incorporates illustrations that provide visual evidence for gendered strategies of dress.
- Combines perspectives from design and textile history, business history, cultural anthropology, social history, art history and cultural history.
- Considers ‘material strategies’ in relation to production and consumption, the public and the private, the body and sexuality, and national identity.
- Written in a jargon-free style, making it accessible to readers from a wide range of backgrounds.
Part I: Dress, Textiles and Social Transitions in Pre-industrial Europe:.
1. Fashion, Time and the Consumption of a Renaissance Man in Germany: The Costume Book of Matthaus Schwarz of Augsburg, 1496-1564: Gabriele Mentges (University of Dortmund).
2. Reflections on Gender and Status Distinction: An Analysis of the Liturgical Textiles Recorded in Mid-Sixteenth-Century London: Maria Hayward (University of Southampton).
Part II: Identity and Eroticism, Consumption and Production, from the Early Seventeenth to the Mid-Twentieth Century:.
1. Following Suit: Men, Masculinity and Gendered Practices in the Clothing Trade in Leeds, England, 1890-1940: Katrina Honeyman (University of Leeds).
2. Pocketing the Difference: Gender and Pockets in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Barbara Burman (University of Southampton).
3. Fashioning the American Man: The Arrow Collar Man, 1907-1931: Carole Turbin.
4. Erotic Modesty: (ad)dressing Female Sexuality and Propriety in Open and Closed Drawers, USA, 1800-1930: Jill Fields (California State University, Fresno).
Part III: Fashion Strategies for Reconfiguring Nations and Social Groups in the Early Twentieth Century:.
1. ‘De-Humanised Females and Amzonians’: British Wartime Fashion and its Representation in Home Chat, 1914-1918: Cheryl Buckley (University of Northumbria).
2. Fashion, the Politics of Style and National Identity in Pre-Fascist and Fascist Italy: Eugenia Paulicelli (City University of New York).
3. Style and Subversion: Postwar Poses and the Neo-Edwardian Suit in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain: Christopher Breward (London College of Fashion).
4. ‘Anti-Mini Militants Meet Modern Misses’: Urban Style, Gender and the Politics of ‘National Culture’ in 1960s Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Andrew M. Ivaska (University of Michigan).
5. Dressing for Leadership in China: Wives and Husbands in an Age of Revolutions (1911-1976): Verity Wilson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).