A Very Short Introduction presents fashion’s myriad influences and manifestations. Fashion is a dynamic global industry that plays an important role in the economic, political, cultural, and social lives of an international audience. It spans high art and popular culture, and is a significant part of material and visual culture. How does fashion reflect and shape contemporary culture? How has fashion developed since the Renaissance? What questions can we ask about its status, ethical credibility, and influence on consumers? How has globalization affected the fashion industry? Fashion as a creative force, a business, and a means of communication is explored.