Fashioned from Penury: Dress as Cultural Practice in Colonial Australiaby Margaret Maynard
Pub. Date: 09/30/1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
From the first white settlement clothing was of vast social significance to Australians. It was central to the ways class and status were negotiated and equally significant for marking out sexual differences. Dress was implicated in definitions of morality, in the relationship between Europeans and Aboriginal people, and between convict and free. This book reveals the broader historical and cultural implications of clothes in Australia for the first time.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part I. Penal Dress 1788–1840: 1. Irregular patterns: government and the social order; 2. Fraying at the edges: clothing supplies and manufacturing; 3. A cut above: fashion, class and power; 4. On the fringe: clothing and Aboriginal/Colonial relations; Part II. Colonial Dress: 5. Dressing the part: urban codes - class and gender; 6. From a different cloth: etiquette and social practice; 7. Material needs: supply and demand; Part III. An Australian Distinctiveness: 8. A loose fit: emigration and adaption; 9. Alternative threads: perceptions and stereotypes; 10. Rough and ready made: bush dress and the mythology of the 'real' Australian; Appendices; Bibliography.
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