Clothing Culture, 1350-1650

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Pub. Date: 2016-02-16
Publisher(s): Routledge
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Tackling the issue of clothing in relation to such fundamental issues as national identity, social distinction, gender, the body, religion and politics, Clothing Culture, 1350-1650 provides a springboard into one of the most fascinating yet least understood aspects of social and cultural history.Nowhere in medieval and early modern European society was its hierarchical and social divisions more obviously reflected than in the sphere of clothing. Indeed, one of the few constant themes of writers, chroniclers, diarists and commentators - from Chaucer to Pepys - was the subject of fashion and clothes. Whether it was lauding the magnificence of court, warning against the vanity of fashion, describing the latest modes, or decrying the habit of the lower orders to ape the dress of their social superiors, people throughout history have been fascinated by the symbolism, power and messages that clothes can project.

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface vii
List of Illustrations viii
List of Tables xi
List of Contributors xii
Acknowledgements xv
List of Abbreviations xvi
1 Introduction
Catherine Richardson
Section One: Fabrics of Nation
2 The Cultural Significance of Costume Books in Sixteenth-Century Europe
Ulrike Ilg
3 A Question of Nation: Foreign Clothes on the English Subject
Roze Hentschell
4 Tomb Effigies and Archaic Dress in Sixteenth-Century Ireland
Elizabeth Wincott Heckett
5 The Formation of Russian Women's Costume at the Time before the Reforms of Peter the Great
Oksana Sekatcheva
Section Two: Marking Distinctions
6 Clothing Courtesans: Fabrics, Signals, and Experiences
Tessa Storey
7 Clothing the Naked in Late Medieval East Kent
Sheila Sweetinburgh
8 Dress, Nudity and Calvinist Culture in Sixteenth-Century France
Graeme Murdock
9 Social Fabric in Thynne's Debate Between Pride and Lowliness
Claire Bartram
Section Three: Material Movements
10 Clothing Distributions and Social Relations c.1350-1500
Joanna Crawford
11 Fashion, Finance, Foreign Politics and the Wardrobe of Henry VIII
Maria Hayward
12 Reworked Material: Discourses of Clothing Culture in Early Sixteenth-Century Greenwich
Elisabeth Salter
Section Four: Discourse, Body, Gender
13 'This one poore blacke gowne lined with white': The Clothing of the Sixteenth-Century English Book
Helen Smith
14 'Havying nothing upon hym saving onely his sherte': Event, Narrative and Material Culture in Early Modern England
Catherine Richardson
15 Rips and Slits: The Torn Garment and the Medieval Self
Andrea Denny-Brown
16 Speaking to Reveal: The Body and Acts of 'Exposure' in Early Modern Popular Discourse
Elizabeth Hallam
Bibliography 263(24)
Index 287

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