Fashion is an essential tool in the construction of ideas about the ‘Other.’ By questioning concepts of ‘ethnic dress’ and ‘world fashion’, researching the clothing worn by enslaved servants and analyzing nineteenth-century discourses of Otherness, studying the semiosis of cross-cultural encounters, and identifying the development of the ‘exotic other’ in dominant cultural discourses, this reading list offers five different perspectives from which to understand the strategies for fashioning the ‘Other.’

“Moro di conditione.” In Cesare Vecellio, De gli habiti antichi et moderni di diversi parti del mondo, libri due, 1599.

“Moro di conditione.” In Cesare Vecellio, De gli habiti antichi et moderni di diversi parti del mondo, libri due, 1599. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.