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abc Global Fashion/Local Tradition xyz is the finalized chapter of what began as a research project at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in the Netherlands. Through the use of workshops, a symposium, and an exhibition, the importance of cultural diversity and its effects on fashion were recognized and documented.
Paris, Milan, New York, and sometimes London have served as the main fashion capitals of the world for decades on end. These cities have been captured through all forms of media during their seasonal fashion weeks. They have served not only as a means of creative expression but also as an industry all its own providing a vast amounts of jobs. But what is truly the essence behind the shows, the looks, styles, and images? Where do they come from?
abc Global Fashion/Local Tradition xyz tracks down the beauty of our cultural differences and its influences on fashion design. Fashion, as this book dictates, reflects the socio-economic state of our times; a diary of sorts. Not all cultural influences stem from the same countries that seem to dictate the next trend; quite the opposite in fact. Many exotic countries rich in their own historical decadence seem to show up on runways in both slight and largely obvious ways.
What abc Global Fashion/Local Tradition xyz does is extend applause and provide wide awareness to our own origins and uniqueness. Thanks to the use of modern day media such as the internet, each country and culture is no longer a distant source, but is now just a click away.
Reviewer: Francisco Murillo, FIDM Library Staff Member