1: The Ancient World (History of Costume and Fashion)

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Most early civilizations were led by a strong ruler who dressed in a dramatic way to display his riches and power. Warriors used weapons and armor to defend their lands, and both men and women used natural fibers and animal skins and adorned themselves with body paint, jewelry, and ornaments. Once a society became reasonably settled and prospered, traders exchanged goods for precious items used to create fine jewelry and costumes.

The Ancient World traces the history of costume from the last Ice Age, when people first started wearing clothes, to the collapse of the Roman Empire in the late 5th century CE. Divided into chapters by region, it outlines the early history of costume from prehistoric times to the emergence of the first cities, and surveys the succession of civilizations that arose in the Middle East. Specific chapters cover ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as the cultures of India, eastern Asia, and the Pacific region. The final chapter covers the rich civilizations of the Americas.

Specific coverage includes the hair and make-up worn in ancient Egypt, the woven fabrics of Greece, Roman baths, silk making in ancient China, and textiles in South America.

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Jane Bingham is an experienced writer for young adults. She has written over 100 nonfiction books on a variety of topics. Jane has a first class degree in English Literature and an M. Phil in History of Art and is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. She has two sons and three stepsons and lives in Oxford, England.

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Grade 5-8 Slim, chronological titles that focus on the periods from the Ice Age to the 1500s. Each volume is broken down into regions of the world and includes clear discussions of jewelry, textile production, hair care, grooming, hygiene, and a warrior's battle dress. The garments of both men and women and different classes are addressed, as is the impact of climate, geography, charismatic leaders, and significant historical events on costume. Details such as the development of clothing and accessories in the ancient world are particularly interesting, as the use of tools and materials became increasingly more sophisticated. Colorful reproductions, drawings (some labeled), photographs of artifacts, and informative sidebars are used effectively to emphasize points and help create visual images. The arrangement of the volumes works best for students studying a certain period; it may prove cumbersome for those researching one place over a longer period of time. A Fashionable History of... series (Heinemann Library) offers similar information but within a shorter time frame and with a focus on Western dress. Librarians looking to beef up their collections in this area will find these titles to be useful and engaging. Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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