Clothing of the Renaissance World

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Overview

A tour de force of scholarship and book production: an essential reference for anyone interested in costume history, Renaissance studies, theater, and ethnography.The Venetian Cesare Vecellio’s two books on the costumes of the known world were hugely popular and influential in their time, and their lively descriptions and vivid illustrations have captivated readers ever since. This is the first time that the entire first edition of 1590, along with the New World section from the 1598 second edition, have been translated and published with their original woodcuts.Here we rediscover the world as seen in the sixteenth century. Beginning with the dress of the inhabitants of Venice—from the grandest doge to the humblest porter—Vecellio’s project quickly grew to include all of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Like his contemporaries, Vecellio assumed that clothing acted as an identifier of rank, yet he also realized, in a very modern way, that fashion was constantly changing, crossing borders, and transforming the way people lived.All the woodcuts are reproduced full size and accompanied by Vecellio’s commentaries on each costume. An extensive, illustrated introduction by two of the world’s leading experts on Renaissance literature and culture offers the most thorough context possible, complete with additional color illustrations: portraits and sculptures, maps and cityscapes, and details of textiles.

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“A collector’s treasure and valuable library reference… Essential.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500514269
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/29/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Vecellio and his World 8

Notes to the Introduction 43

Bibliography 45

Translators' Note 48

The Clothing, Ancient and Modern, of Various Parts of the World (1590), by Cesare Vecellio

Bk. I The Clothing, Customs and Habits of All Europe

Bk. II The Clothing, Customs and Ways of Life of Asia and Africa

The Clothing, Ancient and Modern, of the Whole World (1598)

From Book XII The Clothing, Customs and Ways of Life of Asia and Africa The Clothing of America 554

Notes to the Translation 575

Glossary of Costume and Fabric 580

Illustration Credits 594

Acknowledgments 595

Index 596

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