About the Author
EDITORS: Joanne B. Eicher is a worldwide authority on the anthropology of dress. She is Editor for Berg's Dress, Body, Culture series, and is the author, co-author or editor of a wide range of books including: The Visible Self; Mother, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood; Fashion Foundations; and Dress and Ethnicity. She has lectured and presented papers on five continents. Her research focuses on dress as non-verbal communication with research emphasis on Africa and the textile trade from India to Africa. She is Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota where she served as department head of Design, Housing, and Apparel, and Director of the Goldstein Museum of Design. She received her PhD from Michigan State University. Her honors include the Leadership Award from ACASA (Arts Council of African Studies Association) and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Iowa State University.ASSISTANT EDITOR:Phyllis Tortora is a widely published author of textbooks, encyclopedias and reference works, and a specialist on textiles and historic costume. Her books include Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, the Dictionary of Fashion, and Fairchild's Encyclopedia of Accessories. She is the co-author (with Keith Eubank) of Survey of Historic Costume: A History of Western Dress, and has contributed articles to Scribner's Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. She also served as consulting editor for Textiles, and was a faculty member of Queens College of the City University of New York, where she was Department Chair from 1973 to 1991. She has a PhD from New York University.