A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Age of Empire

A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Age of Empire

by Denise Amy Baxter

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During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the production of dress shifted dramatically from being predominantly hand-crafted in small quantities to machine-manufactured in bulk. The increasing democratization of appearances made new fashions more widely available, but at the same time made the need to differentiate social rank seem more pressing.

In this age of empire, the coding of class, gender and race was frequently negotiated through dress in complex ways, from fashionable dress which restricted or exaggerated the female body to liberating reform dress, from self-defining black dandies to the oppressions and resistances of slave dress.

Richly illustrated with over 100 images and drawing on a plethora of visual, textual and object sources, A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Age of Empire presents essays on textiles, production and distribution, the body, belief, gender and sexuality, status, ethnicity, and visual and literary representations to illustrate the diversity and cultural significance of dress and fashion in the period.

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ISBN-13: 9781350114074
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Series: The Cultural Histories Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 81 MB
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About the Author

Denise Amy Baxter is Associate Professor of Art History and Women's Studies affiliate faculty member at the University of North Texas, USA.
Denise Amy Baxter is an Associate Professor of Art History, and Women's and Gender Studies affiliate faculty member at The University of North Texas, USA.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Denise Amy Baxter

Chapter 1 – Textiles
Philip A. Sykas

Chapter 2 – Production and Distribution
Susan Hiner

Chapter 3 – The Body
Annette Becker

Chapter 4 – Belief
Denise Baxter

Chapter 5 – Gender and Sexuality
Ariel Beaujot

Chapter 6 – Status
Vivienne Richmond

Chapter 7 – Ethnicity
Sarah Cheang

Chapter 8 – Visual Representations
Justine de Young

Chapter 9 – Literary Representations
Heidi Brevik-Zender

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