New Directions in Theory and Practice
The field of dress history has experienced exponential growth over the past two decades. This in-depth investigation examines the expanding borders and porous boundaries of the discipline today, outlining key debates and showcasing the most exciting research.
With international case studies from a wide range of scholars, the volume encompasses work from a variety of historical periods from the late 18th century to the present day. Contributors examine, critique and expand the methodologies and sources used in fashion history, analyse how dress is collected, displayed and sold, and investigate clothing’s meanings and uses in the practice of identity.
Exploring overlooked territories and new approaches to analysis, the book offers students and scholars a fresh appraisal of dress history in the 21st century.
Table of contents
- Front matter
- Introduction: Dress History Now: Terms, Themes and Tools pp. 1–14
- Dress Thinking: Disciplines and Indisciplinarity pp. 15–32
- Gloves ‘of the Very Thin Sort’: Gifting Limerick Gloves in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries pp. 33–48
- All Out in the Wash: Convict Stain Removal in the Narryna Heritage Museum’s Dress Collection pp. 49–64
- Traje De Crioula: Representing Nineteenth-Century Afro-Brazilian Dress pp. 65–80
- The Empress’s Old Clothes: Biographies of African Dress at the Victoria And Albert Museum pp. 81–96
- Picturing the Material/Manifesting the Visual: Aesthetic Dress in Late-Nineteenth-Century British Culture pp. 97–112
- Dress, Self-Fashioning and Display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum pp. 113–126
- ‘At Once Classical and Modern’: Raymond Duncan Dress and Textiles in the Royal Ontario Museum pp. 127–144
- An ‘Unexpected Pearl’: Gender And Performativity in the Public and Private Lives of London Couturier Norman Hartnell pp. 145–160
- From Kays of Worcester to Vogue, Paris: The Women’s Institute Magazine, Rural Life and Fashionable Dress in Post-War Britain pp. 161–178
- Radical Shoemaking and Dress Reform From Fabians To Feminists pp. 179–194
- Dress and Textiles in Transition: The Sungudi Sari Revival of Tamilnadu, India pp. 195–208
- Plates pp. 216–240