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Contained here is an attractive collection of essays, bringing together contemporary research into the history of dress. The essays reflect how garments may be researched as discrete objects, as part of consumer culture, and as components of created meaning which are expressive of personal identity and social belonging.
Amy De la Haye is Curator of Twentieth-Century Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Elizabeth Wilson is Professor of Media Studies at the University of North London.
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Amy De La Haye
Dashing Amazons: the development of women's riding dress, c. 1500-1900
Wool cloth and gender: the use of woollen cloth in women's dress in Britain, 1865-85
Renouncing consumption: men, fashion and luxury, 1870-1914
That little magic touch: the headtie
Religious dress in Italy in the late Middle Ages
The mantua: its evolution and fashionable significance in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
Muses and mythology: classical dress in British eighteenth-century female portraiture
Dressing for art's sake: Gwen John, the Bon Marche and the spectacle of the women artist in Paris
The aesthetics of absence: clothes without people in paintings
Invisible men: gay men's dress in Britain, 1950-70