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The dress reform in Iran was one of the most significant legacies of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran from 1925 to 1941 (Vogelsang-Eastwood 2012a). Before the modernization of Iran by Reza Shah, Iranians tended to dress diversely in different regions inhabited by distinct group (Chehabi 1993) such as Lurs, Turks, Qashqa’I, and Kurds (Minorsky 1945; Vogelsang- Eastwood 2012b). Reza Shah viewed the distinctive features of tribal clothes as a cause of nationwide disunity.

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Using Clothing to Unify a Country: The History of Reza Shah’s Dress Reform in Iran

The dress reform in Iran was one of the most significant legacies of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran from 1925 to 1941 (Vogelsang-Eastwood 2012a). Before the modernization of Iran by Reza Shah, Iranians tended to dress diversely in different regions inhabited by distinct group (Chehabi 1993) such as Lurs, Turks, Qashqa’I, and Kurds (Minorsky 1945; Vogelsang- Eastwood 2012b). Reza Shah viewed the distinctive features of tribal clothes as a cause of nationwide disunity.

 

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