Dress in Eighteenth-Century Europe, 1715-1789 / Edition 2

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In this beautiful book, Aileen Ribeiro surveys the clothing worn by the middle and upper classes throughout Europe in the eighteenth century and discusses what this meant in terms of social definition and identity. Ribeiro, one of the world's premier historians of dress, also looks at such subjects as developments in retailing and distribution, etiquette, the rise of the dress designer and couturier, the evolution of ready-made clothes, fancy dress and the masquerade. This new edition updates the text and bibliographical material in the previous highly acclaimed volume and adds many new, full-colour illustrations.
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If you wonder why people used to dress as they did and how changes in dress relate to broader issues of social history, this is the kind of book you will enjoy. It will also appeal to anyone interested in either the time period covered or the evolution of fashion in general. Many fashion histories are so broad that they fail as anything but catalogs of style changes. This volume, however, captures the reader's interest because it focuses on a relatively narrow time period (1715-89), a coherent locale (Europe), and a small segment of society (the nobility and the wealthy). In addition, it is a readable, thorough, and intelligent treatment of the excessively elaborate style of the day. The author of several books and many articles on the history of dress, Ribeiro (art history, Univ. of London) originally published this book in 1985, and though he did no significant revisions, he corrects some errors of fact and offers many new illustrations and an updated bibliography. Beautifully produced (with about 200 full-page color and black-and-white images) and reasonably priced, this book will appeal to both scholars and casual readers and is recommended for most libraries.-James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300091519
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements to the Revised Edition
Acknowledgements to the First Edition
Introduction 1
1 The Dominance of France: 1715-1740 15
2 Getting and Spending 51
3 Wider Europe 89
4 The Triumph of the Rococo: 1740-1770 121
5 Dress and Etiquette 167
6 Frivolity and Freedom: 1770-1789 207
7 Fantasy and Fancy Dress 245
Conclusion 283
Notes 285
App. A A Note on European Currencies in the Eighteenth Century 293
App. B A Chronology of Significant Events in Politics and Culture, 1713-1789 294
Glossary 296
Bibliography 298
List of Illustrations 303
Index 308
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