Fashioned from Penury: Dress as Cultural Practice in Colonial Australia

Fashioned from Penury: Dress as Cultural Practice in Colonial Australia

by Margaret Maynard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521453100

ISBN-13: 9780521453103

Pub. Date: 09/30/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

As a history of the cultural practices of dress in Australia rather than an account of fashion, this book examines the meanings encoded in the dress and bodily decoration of convicts, emancipists, town and country dwellers and Aboriginal people. It shows that clothing was central to the ways in which class and status were negotiated and was equally significant for the…  See more details below

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As a history of the cultural practices of dress in Australia rather than an account of fashion, this book examines the meanings encoded in the dress and bodily decoration of convicts, emancipists, town and country dwellers and Aboriginal people. It shows that clothing was central to the ways in which class and status were negotiated and was equally significant for the marking out of sexual differences. It also looks at the impact of the goldfield experience on Australian dress and the nature of local manufacturing and retail outlets. Dress is central to identity and lies at the heart of some long-held myths about the Australian way of life, myths which Margaret Maynard argues need to be re-evaluated. She shows that the colonies did not always slavishly follow British fashion, and that the egalitarian style of dress may have covered up class divisions in society. She also looks at the way in which rural men's bush dress, rather than women's dress, came to be regarded as the only valid sign of being Australian. In the light of current moves towards republicanism, the issue of what constitutes an 'Australian' form of dress is more relevant than ever.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521453103
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/1994
Series:
Studies in Australian History Series
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Introduction1
Pt. IPenal Dress, 1788-1840
1Irregular Patterns: Government and the Social Order9
2Fraying at the Edges: Clothing Supplies and Manufacturing27
3A Cut Above: Fashion, Class and Power41
4On the Fringe: Clothing and Aboriginal-Colonial Relations59
Pt. IIColonial Dress, 1840-1901
5Dressing the Part: Urban Codes - Class and Gender77
6From a Different Cloth: Etiquette and Social Practice99
7Material Needs: Supply and Demand116
Pt. IIIAn Australian Distinctiveness
8A Loose Fit: Emigration and Adaptation137
9Alternate Threads: Perceptions and Stereotypes150
10Rough and Readymade: Bush Dress and the Mythology of the 'Real' Australian165
Appendixes183
Abbreviations185
Notes187
Bibliography211
Index227

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