Gloves

An Intimate History

Anne Green

Gloves

Anne Green

Distributed for Reaktion Books

256 pages | 65 color plates, 25 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9781789144581 Will Publish November 2021 For sale in North and South America only
A captivating history of gloves both real and mythical, practical and high fashion.
 
This beautifully illustrated history of gloves draws on examples from across the world to explore their cultural significance. From hand-knitted mittens to exquisitely embroidered confections, and from the three-fingered gloves of medieval shepherds to Bluetooth-enabled examples that function like a mobile phone, gloves’ extraordinary variety is a tribute to human ingenuity. So, too, is the remarkable diversity of their—often contradictory—cultural associations. They have been linked to honor, identity, and status, but also to decadence and deceit. In this book, Anne Green discusses gloves both as material objects with their own fascinating history and as fictional creations in folktales, literature, films, etiquette manuals, paintings, and advertisements. Looking to the runway, Green even explores their recent resurgence as objects of high fashion.
Review Quotes
Claire Wilcox, senior curator of fashion, Victoria and Albert Museum, author of "Patch Work: A Life Amongst Clothes"
‘‘Absolutely fascinating: a timely foray into the strange world of gloves in all their symbolic and functional glory.’’
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