Fashioning the Bourgeoisie

Fashioning the Bourgeoisie

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Available now for the first time in English, Fashioning the Bourgeoisie was one of the first extensive studies to explain a culture's sociology through the seemingly simple issue of the choice of clothing. Philippe Perrot shows, through a delightful tour of the rise of the ready-made fashion industry in France, how clothing can not only reflect but also inculcate beliefs, values, and aspirations. By the middle of the century, men were prompted to disdain the decadent and gaudy colors of the pre-Revolutionary period and wear unrelievedly black frock coats suitable to the manly and serious world of commerce. Their wives and daughters, on the other hand, adorned themselves in bright colors and often uncomfortable and impractical laces and petticoats, to signal the status of their family. The consumer pastime of shopping was born, as women spent their spare hours keeping up their middle-class appearance, or creating one by judicious purchases.... 105 Samaritaioe, La (department store), 58, 6? saos-culottes, 30, 117, 203n.8 savoir-faire, 82, 83, 87, 97, 116, 120, 133, 137; manuals, 90-91, 116, 163. ... 131 self-control, 20, 32, oo, 136, 149, 164 sewing machine, 67; Singer, 2 1 7n.39 sewing techniques, mechanized, 49, ... 10, 14, 194n.4, 196o.13 silhouette, 20, 21 , 26, 28 Simmel, Georg, 3 simplicity, 95, 101, 124, 128-135, 237n-44 Singer, Issac M., anbsp;...

Title:Fashioning the Bourgeoisie
Author: Philippe Perrot
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 1994

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