By Juliet Ash
From nineteenth-century wide arrows and black and white stripes to 20 first-century orange jumpsuits, criminal garments has either reflected and strengthened the facility of penal associations over prisoners’ lives. Vividly illustrated and in line with unique learn, together with through the voices of the incarcerated, this publication is a pioneering heritage and research of criminal costume, which demystifies the adventure of what it really is wish to be an imprisoned felony. Juliet Ash takes the reader on a trip from the construction of felony garments to the our bodies of its wearers. She uncovers a historical past characterised via waves of reform, sandwiched among regimes that use garments as punishment and discovers how inmates use their costume to surmount, subvert or live to tell the tale those punishment cultures. She unearths the hoods, the mask, and purple boxer shorts, close to nakedness, even twenty first-century "civvies" to be no longer simply different forms of uniform yet political embodiments of the surveillance of daily life.