A survey of the clothing worn by the middle and upper classes throughout Europe in the 18th century, and a discussion of what this meant in terms of social definition and identity. Aileen Ribeiro, a historian 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 revised edition takes the text and bibliographic material in the previous volume and adds many new illustrations in colour.
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"An excellent account of what it was like to dress before the age of shame, when, as Baudelaire said, women decorated themselves in order to eradicate the traces of original sin." -Anita Brookner, The Sunday TimesAbout the Author:
Aileen Ribeiro is professor of the history of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
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Book Description Yale University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110300091516