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Ottoman Dress and Design in the West

A Visual History of Cultural Exchange

Charlotte A. Jirousek
Barcode 9780253042163
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Release Date: 25/01/2019

Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Society & Culture
Label: Indiana University Press
Language: English
Publisher: Indiana University Press

A Visual History of Cultural Exchange.

Ottoman Dress and Design in the West provides a richly-illustrated exploration of the ongoing relationship between West and Near East in the visual culture of dress from the dawn of Islam through the end of the twentieth century.

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Ottoman Dress and Design in the West is a richly illustrated exploration of the relationship between West and Near East through the visual culture of dress. Charlotte Jirousek examines the history of dress and fashion in the broader context of western relationships with the Mediterranean world from the dawn of Islam through the end of the twentieth century. The significance of dress is made apparent by the author's careful attention to its political, economic, and cultural context. The reader comes to understand that dress reflects not simply the self and one's relation to community but also that community's relation to a wider world through trade, colonization, religion, and technology. The chapters provide broad historical background on Ottoman influence and European exoticization of that influence, while the captions and illustrations provide detailed studies of illuminations, paintings, and sculptures to show how these influences were absorbed into everyday living. Through the medium of dress, Jirousek details a continually shifting Ottoman frontier that is closely tied to European and American history. In doing so, she explores and celebrates an essential source of influence that for too long has been relegated to the periphery.