Establishing Dress History

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This book, the sister publication to The Study of Dress History, is the first to detail the history of the collection, exhibition and museum interpretation of dress of all kinds. It examines the earliest European developments in dress history from the mid sixteenth century onwards, and explains the interest in dress collection and display both privately and in museums in Britain, France, the USA and Eastern Europe. Lou Taylor argues that only when women were permitted to be curators of dress within museums did ...

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Overview

This book, the sister publication to The Study of Dress History, is the first to detail the history of the collection, exhibition and museum interpretation of dress of all kinds. It examines the earliest European developments in dress history from the mid sixteenth century onwards, and explains the interest in dress collection and display both privately and in museums in Britain, France, the USA and Eastern Europe. Lou Taylor argues that only when women were permitted to be curators of dress within museums did the collection of all kinds of dress find its proper place in our museums of decorative arts, social history and ethnography. Chapters cover the current debates related to dress collecting in such institutions, including discussion of the return of sacred objects, the place of contemporary fashion within museums and issues of the commodification of collections and displays.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719066399
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/2004
  • Series: Studies in Design Series
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Lou Taylor is Professor of Dress and Textile History, University of Brighton.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Dedication
• Introduction
• The Foundation Stones: Dress History Publications from 1560-1900
• Dress History Debates from 1900
• Establishing Ethnographical Dress Collections from the Sixteenth Century
• Establishing British Dress Collections of Fashionable Western Dress From the Mid-Nineteenth Century
• The Development of Collections of Western Dress in France, the United States, and Eastern and Central Europe
• Establishing Collections of European Peasant and Regional Dress
• Collecting European Peasant and British Regional Dress in Museums in Britain
• The Marriage of New Dress History and Dress Studies with New Museology and Critical Approaches
• Conclusion

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