The Visible Self: Global Perspectives on Dress, Culture, and Society by Joanne B. Eischer, Sandra Lee Evenson, and Hazel A. Lutz, or the book, Survey of Historic Costume by Phyllis G. Tortora and Keith Eubank.
This “authentication” through use holds true for all history of décor, dress, architecture and more. For example, the United States now uses colored paper money.
The $20.00 has green and peach on both sides of President Jackson’s portrait. Where the United States used to be well known for its single color bills (green-backs), our $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes now have color. Which countries influenced our monetary icon’s change? China? Egypt? France? What about the Euro? Although the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing made the color changes part of many other security changes to prevent forgeries, the colors alone are cultural authentication of other cultures that use colorful money. Perhaps in this case the designers have not used only one culture’s element of design but several. For a really good look at the paper bills of the United States, go to http://www.newmoney.gov/newmoney/. You'll see that the paper money of the United States is still very sedate compared to the colored money of other countries. The calm colors reflect our values.
And to tie it all together in the realm of fashion, Christian Francis Roth (who provided the money dress image) wrote about several money dresses in his blog http://francisnewyork.com/blog/ on August 12 http://francisnewyork.com/blog/2009/08/vintage-cfr-dresses-are-not-a-dime-a-dozen/ In this, he also refers to the money dresses blogged by blogger Couture Carrie. http://couturecarrie.blogspot.com/2009/07/bet-your-bottom-dollar.html . Both are interesting blogs!