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Fashion in Medieval France

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206pp. 2007. Very Good Condition, slight shelf wear.

How are we to distinguish between a culture organised around fashion, and one where the desire for novel adornment is latent, intermittent, or prohibited? How do fashion systems organise social hierarchies, individual psychology, creativity, and production? Medieval French culture offers a case study of "systematic fashion", demonstrating desire for novelty, rejection of the old in favour of the new, and criticism of outrageous display. Texts from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries describe how cleverly-cut garments or unique possessions make a character distinctive, and even offer advice on how to look attractive on a budget or gain enough spending money to shop for oneself. Such descriptions suggest fashion's presence, yet accepted notions date the birth of Western fashion to the mid-fourteenth-century revolution in men's clothing styles. A fashion system must have been present prior to this 'revolution' in styles to facilitate such changes, and abundant evidence for the existence of such a system is cogently set out in this study. Ultimately, fashion is a conceptual system expressed by words evaluating a style's ephemeral worth, and changes in visual details are symptomatic, rather than determinative. SARAH-GRACE HELLER is an associate professor in Medieval French at Ohio State University.

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Author(s):
Sarah-Grace Heller
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
234x165x22
EAN-13:
9781843841104
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1843841104
ISBN-13:
9781843841104
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
206
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer
Series:
v. 3
Title:
Fashion in medieval France

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206pp. 2007. Very Good Condition, slight shelf wear.

How are we to distinguish between a culture organised around fashion, and one where the desire for novel adornment is latent, intermittent, or prohibited? How do fashion systems organise social hierarchies, individual psychology, creativity, and production? Medieval French culture offers a case study of "systematic fashion", demonstrating desire for novelty, rejection of the old in favour of the new, and criticism of outrageous display. Texts from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries describe how cleverly-cut garments or unique possessions make a character distinctive, and even offer advice on how to look attractive on a budget or gain enough spending money to shop for oneself. Such descriptions suggest fashion's presence, yet accepted notions date the birth of Western fashion to the mid-fourteenth-century revolution in men's clothing styles. A fashion system must have been present prior to this 'revolution' in styles to facilitate such changes, and abundant evidence for the existence of such a system is cogently set out in this study. Ultimately, fashion is a conceptual system expressed by words evaluating a style's ephemeral worth, and changes in visual details are symptomatic, rather than determinative. SARAH-GRACE HELLER is an associate professor in Medieval French at Ohio State University.

Author(s):
Sarah-Grace Heller
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
234x165x22
EAN-13:
9781843841104
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1843841104
ISBN-13:
9781843841104
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
206
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer
Series:
v. 3
Title:
Fashion in medieval France

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