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What Clothes Reveal : The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America {from} The Colonial Williamsburg Collection

Baumgarten, Linda

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ISBN 10: 0879352167 / ISBN 13: 9780879352165
Published by The Colonial Williamburg Foundation in Association with Yale University Press, Williamsburg, VA/New Haven, CT, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Paintings of upper-class men and women tell an important part of the history of costumes, but surviving garments reveal even more. Every crease, stitch, and stain in a piece of clothing supplies valluable information about its wearer and its era. This stunning book features eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century garments from the premiere collection of Colonial Williamsburg. llustrated with more than 300 color photographs, including many details and back views. WHAT CLOTHES REVEAL treats not only elegant, high-style clothing in colonial America but also garments for everyday and work, the clothing of slaves, and maternity and nursing apparel. Drawing on contemporary written descriptions and on actual costumes of the period, the book analyzes what Americans in the eighteenth century considered fashionable and attractive and how they used clothing to assert status or to identify occupations. The book also examines the myths and meanings of clothing in British and Amnerican society, clothing for the entire life cycle, and a history of clothing alternation. Informative sidebars on a variety of fascinating topics complete the volume." This book has 264 pages and is profusely illustrated. The text contains NO internal marks whatsoever. The front cover has two scratches, barely noticeable. Overall, an absolutely EXQUISITE copy of this VERY , VERY SCARCE title. ALTERNATE ISBN 0-300-09580-5. Bookseller Inventory # 048064

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Title: What Clothes Reveal : The Language of ...

Publisher: The Colonial Williamburg Foundation in Association with Yale University Press, Williamsburg, VA/New Haven, CT

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: Third Printing

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Paintings of upper-class men and women tell an important part of the history of costumes, but surviving garments themselves reveal even more. Every crease, stitch and stain in a piece of clothing supplies information about its wearer and its era. This volume features 18th- and early 19th-century garments from the collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Illustrated with more than 300 colour photographs, including many details and back views, the book treats not only elegant, high-style clothing in colonial America but also garments for every day and work, the clothing of slaves, and maternity and nursing apparel. Drawing on contemporary written descriptions and on actual costumes of the period, the text analyzes what Americans in the 18th century considered fashionable and attractive and how they used clothing to assert status or to identify occupations. It also examines the myths and meanings of clothing in British and American society, clothing for the entire life cycle, and a history of clothing alteration. There are informative sidebars on a variety of topics.

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