A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age

A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age

by Sarah-Grace Heller

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During the medieval period, people invested heavily in looking good. The finest fashions demanded careful chemistry and compounds imported from great distances and at considerable risk to merchants; the Church became a major consumer of both the richest and humblest varieties of cloth, shoes, and adornment; and vernacular poets began to embroider their stories with hundreds of verses describing a plethora of dress styles, fabrics, and shopping experiences.

Drawing on a wealth of pictorial, textual and object sources, the volume examines how dress cultures developed – often to a degree of dazzling sophistication – between the years 800 to 1450.

Beautifully illustrated with 100 images, A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age presents an overview of the period with essays on textiles, production and distribution, the body, belief, gender and sexuality, status, ethnicity, visual representations, and literary representations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350114098
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Series: The Cultural Histories Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 38 MB
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About the Author

Sarah-Grace Heller is Associate Professor at the Ohio State University, USA, specialising in French and Occitan medieval literature.
Sarah-Grace Heller is Associate Professor of French, specializing in Medieval Studies at Ohio State University, USA.

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List of Illustrations

Sarah-Grace Heller

Chapter 1 – Textiles
Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker

Chapter 2 – Production and Distribution
Eva Andersson Strand and Sarah-Grace Heller

Chapter 3 – The Body
Guillemette Bolens and Sarah Brazil

Chapter 4 – Belief
Andrea Denny-Brown

Chapter 5 – Gender and Sexuality
E. Jane Burns

Chapter 6 – Status
Laurel Ann Wilson

Chapter 7 – Ethnicity
Michèle Hayeur Smith

Chapter 8 – Visual Representations
Désirée Koslin

Chapter 9 – Literary Representations
Monica L. Wright

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