A Coat of Many Colors: Dress culture in the young state of Israel

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A Coat of Many Colors investigates Israel's first seven years as a sovereign state through the unusual prism of dress. Clothes worn by Israelis in the 1950s reflected political ideologies, economic conditions, military priorities, social distinctions, and cultural preferences, and all played a part in consolidating a new national identity. Based on a wide range of textual and visual historical documents, the book covers both what Israelis wore in various circumstances and what they said and wrote about clothing and fashion. Written in a clear and accessible style that will appeal to the general reader as well as students and scholars, A Coat of Many Colors introduces the reader both to Israel's history during its formative years and to the rich field of dress culture.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBoston, MA
PublisherAcademic Studies Press
Number of pages242
ISBN (Electronic)1618110209, 1934843881, 9781618110206, 9781934843888, 1644693267, 9781644693261
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameIsrael: Society, Culture, and History
PublisherAcademic Studies Press

ULI publications

  • uli
  • Clothing and dress -- Israel -- History -- 20th century
  • Fashion -- Israel -- History
  • Israel -- Civilization -- 20th century
  • Israel -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
  • ביגוד ולבוש -- ישראל -- היסטוריה -- המאה ה-20
  • ישראל -- הווי ומנהגים -- המאה ה-20
  • ישראל -- ציביליזציה -- המאה ה-20
  • إسرائيل -- الحضارة -- القرن ٢٠
  • إسرائيل -- الحياة الاجتماعيّة والعادات -- القرن ٢٠
  • اللباس والزيّ -- إسرائيل -- التاريخ -- القرن ٢٠


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