Clothing & Fashion

Secular histories of clothing will tell you that clothes evolved as people had need of them. Cro-magnon man (or whatever they're calling him these days) supposedly sauntered about in the nude before learning that discreetly positioned scraps of animal skin were sufficient to guard against unwanted injury. From there, he learned to sheath his arms, legs, torso, feet, and head, eventually even making his own material from organic substances like flax and cotton.

That's a bunch of hogwash. We know from the book of Genesis that clothes were in fact God's invention, designed to protect men and women from the shame of nakedness after sin entered the world. The first clothes were sewn fig leaves made in haste by Adam and Eve to hide themselves from God; but God replaced their leaves with animal skins left over from the first sacrifice. So the origins of clothing are both positive and negative, hiding us from each other but necessary only due to our sinfulness.

People have done their best since then to forget the original purpose of clothing. It's nothing new: humans have perennially sought to accentuate, rather than conceal, their form with whatever they put on. Culture instructs us to do this by urging everyone toward an outrageous body image few (if any) can achieve, then playing to our vanity by marketing the most flattering and expensive outfits available. These outfits are known somewhat mystically as "Fashion."

There's nothing wrong with wanting to look nice. Far from it—by making ourselves look put together and attractive, we honor the vessel God has given us and exert our stewardship in a highly visible way. A smart, colorful, varied wardrobe is as much a gift from God as tasty food, a warm house, or rousing music. It's only when we begin to use the gift in ways God never intended that we sin, and this manifests itself in two ways.

The first is simple: clothes are often used to incite lust. Immodest dress is just as offensive as nudity, and just as destructive to our own self-image and the moral uprightness of others. The second is a little less obvious: clothes can become an idol. When we're so consumed with our hipness that we have to own the latest fashions right away, we've passed from using clothes in their God-ordained way and for protection, and begun to worship a strange god.

At the same time, neglecting our wardrobe can be just as bad. Sometimes our situation requires that we forego replenishing our stock of outfits, but often we do this simply out of laziness. God intends for us to be clothed, and He intends us to take joy in attending to even this detail of our lives. The books in this section are devoted primarily to the history of fashion and clothing, but we encourage you to keep these things in mind as you peruse our selection.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

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Abraham Lincoln & His Family - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
$9.99
American Family of the Civil War Era - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
$11.99
American Family of the Colonial Era - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
American Family Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
American Pioneer Family - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
Ancient Egyptian Costumes - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 1st-3rd grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Ancient Egyptian Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Brides from Around the World - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
$9.95
Byzantine Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99 $2.50 (1 in stock)
Cavalier and Puritan Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$3.95
Celtic Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Children
from Dover Publications
Clip-Art for
in Miscellaneous Coloring Books (Location: COL-MISC)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Chinese Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Ming-Ju Sun
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Civil War Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Civil War Paper Soldiers in Full Color
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in American Civil War (1860-1865) (Location: HISA-19CW)
$9.95
Clothes and Fashion to Color
by Ruth Brocklehurst
from Usborne
for 2nd-5th grade
in Usborne Activities (Location: ACT-USB)
Colonial and Early American Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Colonial Fashions - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
Costume Through the Ages
by Erhard Klepper
from Dover Publications
for 7th-12th grade
in Cultural History (Location: HISMC-CUL)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Creative Haven Fabulous Fashions of the 1950's
Creative Haven
by Ming-Ju Sun
from Dover Publications
for 5th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
$6.99
Creative Haven Japanese Kimono Designs - Coloring Book
by Ming-Ju Sun
from Dover Publications
for 5th-Adult
in Adult Coloring Books (Location: COL-ADULT)
Customs and Fashions in Old New England
by Alice Morse Earle
from Charles Scribner's Sons
for 10th-Adult
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Empire Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Everyday Dress of the American Colonial Period - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Peter F. Copeland
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Fashions from India - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Fashions of the First Ladies - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Ming-Ju Sun
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Fashions of the First Ladies - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
Fashions of the Old South - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$3.99
Fashions of the Roaring Twenties - Coloring Book
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$3.99
French Baroque and Rococo Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
General Washington's Army
by Marko Zlatich, Illustrated by Peter F. Copeland
2003 Printing from Osprey Publishing
for 6th-Adult
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: HISA-18REV)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Godey's Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Ming-Ju Sun
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Great Characters From Shakespeare - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
Great Fashion Designs of the Victorian Era - Paper Dolls in Full Color
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
Greek and Roman Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Harper's Bazar 1867-1898
from Dover Publications
in Miscellaneous Coloring Books (Location: COL-MISC)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Historical Sticker Dolly Dressing: 1950s Fashion
from Usborne
for 1st-4th grade
Historical Sticker Dolly Dressing: Country Estate
from Usborne
for 1st-4th grade
Historical Sticker Dolly Dressing: Victorian Fashion
from Usborne
for 1st-4th grade
How Children Lived
by Chris Rice, Melanie Rice
for 3rd-5th grade
in Diversity & Multicultural Books (Location: HISMC-MUL)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Jacobean and Early Bourbon Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$3.95
Late Victorian and Edwardian Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Marie Antoinette - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
Medieval Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon's Army
by Rene Chartrand
for Adult
in France (Location: HISMC-FRA)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Napoleonic Wars: Wellington's Army
by Ian Fletcher
for Adult
in Great Britain / England (Location: HISMC-BRIT)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Old-Fashioned Children - Paper Dolls
by Evelyn Gathings
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
$8.95
Old-Time Children's Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Ming-Ju Sun
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$3.99
Pavlova & Nijinsky Paper Dolls in Full Color
from Dover Publications
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Pride and Prejudice - Paper Dolls
by Brenda Sneathen Mattox
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
Renaissance Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Southern Belle Ball Gowns - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
Southern Belles - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
$11.99
Sticker Dolly Dressing: Wartime Fashions
by Emily Bone
from Usborne
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in World War II (1939-1945) (Location: HISA-20WW2)
Timelines: Clothes
by Jacqueline Morley
from Franklin Watts
for 4th-6th grade
Tudor and Elizabethan Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Victorian Family - Paper Dolls
by Brenda Sneathen Mattox
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
Victorian Fashions - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$4.99
Victorian Pets - Paper Dolls in Full Colors
by Evelyn Gathings
from Dover Publications
for 3rd-6th grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
What We Wear
by Cynthia Pon, Elise Hofer Derstine, Maya Ajmera
from Charlesbridge
for Preschool-1st grade
You Are What You Wear
by Helen Whitty
from Chelsea House Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)