Monday, April 20, 2015

Why’d They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History

A new addition to the Adrian G. Marcuse Library, Why’d They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History by Sarah Albee takes a humorous look at fashion’s wild history. After reading this intriguing book, you’ll beg the question: Did Assyrian warriors in the 12th century B.C. really ride into battle wearing fishnet stockings?

With a foreword by Tim Gunn, Why’d They Wear That? begins in the ancient world and cruises into the 20th century and beyond, chronicling the first textiles to today’s fashion do’s and don’ts. Albee’s analysis of fashion history is not only entertaining, but also very informing, focusing on a significant history for us here at LIM College.

Fashion history is critical to understand because it gives us an understanding as to how and why garments are constructed. Not only does analyzing fashion history give us a look into the past’s greatest (and worst) style moments, but it also gives us insight into our world’s tremendous history. Albee gives us the chance to parallel our world’s fashion with the social, economic, political, and moral climates throughout history.  As fashion students, we should be able to not only analyze the history of what people wore, but also why people wore certain clothes—this way, we can cultivate a greater understanding of our world in a larger context than just fashion.

Come in to the Adrian G. Marcuse Library today and check out Albee’s enchanting book, a piece of history forcing fashion enthusiasts of all ages into laughter.

Posted on April 20, 2015 I Blog post by Pheanny Phen (student worker of the LIM College Library)