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

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

by Peter McNeil

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Overview

Eighteenth-century fashion was cosmopolitan and varied. Whilst the wildly extravagant and colorful elite fashions parodied in contemporary satire had significant influence on wider dress habits, more austere garments produced in darker fabrics also reflected the ascendancy of a puritan middle class as well as a more practical approach to dress. With the rise of print culture and reading publics, fashions were more quickly disseminated and debated than ever, and the appetite for fashion periodicals went hand in hand with a preoccupation with the emerging concept of taste.

Richly illustrated with 100 images and drawing on pictorial, textual and object sources, A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Age of Enlightenment 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350114111
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Series: The Cultural Histories Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 56 MB
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About the Author

Peter McNeil is Professor of Design History at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.
Peter McNeil is Distinguished Professor of Design History at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction
Peter McNeil

Chapter 1 – Textiles
Tove Engelhardt Mathiassen

Chapter 2 – Production and Distribution
Beverly Lemire

Chapter 3 – The Body
Isabelle Paresys

Chapter 4 – Belief
Dagmar Freist

Chapter 5 – Gender and Sexuality
Dominic Janes

Chapter 6 – Status
Mikkel Venborg Pedersen

Chapter 7 – Ethnicity
Barbara Lasic

Chapter 8 – Visual Representations
Christian Huck

Chapter 9 – Literary Representations
Alicia Kerfoot

Notes
Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index

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