Modern Fashion Traditions questions the dynamics of fashion systems and spaces of consumption outside the West. Too often, these fashion systems are studied as a mere and recent result of globalization and Western fashion influences, but this book draws on a wide range of n-Western case studies and analyses their similarities and differences as legitimate fashion systems, contesting Eurocentric tions of tradition and modernity, continuity versus change, and `the West versus the Rest'. Preconceptions about n-Western fashion are challenged through diverse case studies from international scholars, including street-style identity in Bhutan, the influence of Ottoman cultural heritage on contemporary Turkish fashion design, and an investigation into the origins of the word `fashion' in Chinese. Negotiating tradition, foreign influences and the contemporary global dominance of Western fashion cities, Modern Fashion Traditions will give readers a clearer understanding of n-Western fashion identities in the present. Accessibly written, this ground-breaking text makes an essential contribution to the study of n-Western fashion and will be an important resource for students of fashion history and theory, anthropology, and cultural studies.
M. Angela Jansen is an independent fashion anthropologist based in Brussels, Belgium. Her publications include Moroccan Fashion: Design, Tradition and Modernity (Bloomsbury, 2014). Jennifer Craik is professor and head of the Fashion Discipline at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her publications include Uniforms Exposed: From Conformity to Transgression (Berg, 2005) and Fashion: The Key Concepts (Berg, 2009).