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Mida, Ingrid
The dress detective : a practical guide to object-based research in fashion / Ingrid Mida and Alexandra Kim.
London, UK : Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018.
Physical Description:
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Reference Library
TT497 .M53 2018 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
This practical guide to analysing fashion objects demonstrates how their close analysis can enhance and enrich interdisciplinary research. Through seven case studies, it provides readers with the tools to uncover the hidden stories in garments, setting out a carefully developed research methodology specific to dress and easy-to-use checklists that guide the reader through the process.
Subject Terms:
Beauty and Fashion.
Beauty and Fashion.
Clothing trade -- Research -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Clothing trade -- Research.
Fashion -- Research -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Fashion design -- Research -- Methodology -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Handbooks and manuals.
Handbooks and manuals.
Guides et manuels.
Kim, Alexandra, author.
Society of Antiquaries of London.

  • Foreword / Jean Druesedow
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • A brief history of object-based research with dress artifacts
  • How to read a dress artifact
  • Observation
  • Reflection
  • Interpretation
  • Case study of a yellow woolen pelisse
  • Case study of a gray-blue sateen corset
  • Case study of a brown velveteen and wool bodice
  • Case study of a man's evening suit tailcoat and trousers
  • Case study of a Lanvin wedding dress and headpiece
  • Case study of a ruby red velvet jacket by Christian Dior
  • Case study of a kimono-style jacket by Kenzo
  • Appendix 1. Checklist for observation
  • Appendix 2. Checklist for reflection.