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Veblen, Thorstein

Michael Carter

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Veblen argued that a prime function of dress within the leisure class is to display the wearer’s wealth by their consumption “of valuable goods in excess of what is required for physical comfort” (p. 125). According to Veblen the most immediate form of conspicuous consumption is quantity, or the possession of items of clothing (for instance shoes or suits) far beyond the requirements of reasonable daily wear. However, dress in the leisure class is also subject to considerations of quality. Abilit

Dress as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture

Thorstein Veblen

Source: Classic and Modern Writings on Fashion 2nd Edition 2009

Book chapter

Thorstein Veblen’s Leisure Class

Michael Carter

Source: Fashion Classics from Carlyle to Barthes 2003

Book chapter

‘Oh! They just took it.’

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