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The Theater of Fashion

Valerie Steele

Source: Paris Fashion. A Cultural History, 3rd Edition, 2017, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

Nous savons donc beaucoup de gré à mademoiselle Nathalie des sacrifices qu’elle fait pour ses costumes; de beaux habits sur de jolies femmes, rien n’est plus charmant.

Exhibiting The Body, Dress, and Time in Museums: A Historical Perspective

Anne-Sofie Hjemdahl

Source: Fashion and Museums. Theory and Practice, 2014, Berg Fashion Library

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The headless mannequins are so filled with character that one can easily imagine the missing faces with their hairstyles and hats.

The Melbourne Cup and Racewear in Australia

Juliette Peers

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Racewear is a highly visible, lucrative clothing subgenre in Australia, broadly characterized by formality, conscious nostalgia, or conservatism. In state capitals, it is governed by dress codes detailed in promotional coverage and on racing clubs’ Web sites, an adroit way to emphasize the sport’s superior glamour. Racing has always had elite connotations; in Eurocentric nineteenth-century Australian social life, racing events were part of the social calendar. The prestigious Melbourne Cup, found

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