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Resources on Fashion, Politics, and Issues of Gender: Dictionaries

A guide to resources for researching the history of fashion and its social, political, and gender implications

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Dictionaries of Fashion Terms


The following dictionaries are very useful in understanding the specialized terms that are used in discussing fashion and costume.  Many of them are illustrated with photographs or drawings that show what particular items of clothing look like.

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