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Oriental CostumeJacqueline AyerPublished by Studio Vista, Cassell and Collier Macmillan Publishers Ltd.1974

Ayer originally intended to set a children’s book in India after travelling there as a design and production consultant for the Indian government. She decided instead to put together a book that would feature beautiful sketches from life without the Victorian colonial tones of previous anthropological records. The result was Oriental* Costume (1974), which documents historical and contemporary clothing of different social and cultural groups in Japan, China and India.

*Today the term ‘oriental’ has been widely rejected due to its pejorative use in relation to those of East Asian heritage.