Wednesday Word: Defining Dress

1920s Sporting Attire (via UVM)

“The terms ‘dress’ and – even more so – ‘fashion’ have many different meanings, and the contemporary study of dress testifies to this diversity and to the importance of what we wear at every level of society. The manufacture and sale of clothing is a huge industry, both in Britain (where it is the fifth largest) and worldwide; it is therefore of major economic importance. At the same time dress performs a wide variety of important social functions.”

— Elizabeth Wilson and Amy de la Haye, Defining Dress as object, Meaning and identity.

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