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The Rituals and Metaphors of Dressing

Leopoldina Fortunati

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

Encyclopedia entry

A case study in Italy examined ritual habits connected to dressing, the gestures of fashion, and the main metaphors of dressing within a sample of four hundred respondents. In particular, three habits are important with regard to the structure of the daily ritualization of fashion and dressing: when people dress, how many times they change their clothes, and whether they dress differently at home compared to when they go out. Regarding the gestures of fashion, the study explored people’s preferen

Lord Chesterfield's Letters to His Son: The Earl of Chesterfield

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

Book chapter

London, November the 8th, O. S. 1750.

Gesture, Ritual, and Social Order in Sixteenth- to Eighteenth-Century Poland

Maria Bogucka

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

Book chapter

Both manners and bodily comportment of a nobleman should be grave and full of dignity. Mikolaj Rej, a famous writer of noble origin, wrote in the middle of the seventeenth century:

Looks and Appearance

Baldesar Castiglione

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

Book chapter

‘I remember your saying earlier that this courtier of ours should be naturally endowed with beauty of countenance and person and with an attractive grace. Well, I feel sure that I possess both grace and beauty of countenance, and that's why so many women, as you know, are madly in love with me. But when it comes to the beauty of my person, I am rather doubtful, and especially as regards these legs of mine which do not seem to me to be as good as I would wish; still, as to my chest and so on, I am

Prescribing Fashion: Dress, Politics and Gender in Sixteenth-Century Italian Conduct Literature

Elizabeth Currie

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

Book chapter

In the evening, when it is customary for Florentines to go out often, they wear caps on their heads, and cloaks in the Spanish style, that is with a hood at the back. Men who wear these during the day, unless they are soldiers, are considered disreputable and shabby. In the house they wear a large beret in the winter, and either a frock-coat or a catelano; in the summer a small beret, a house-coat of cloth or gabardine from Lille. Whoever rides horses wears a cloak or some type of loose over-coat

Sartorial Entanglements of a Gujarati Wife

Emma Tarlo

Source: Undressing Religion. Commitment and Conversion from a Cross-Cultural Perspective 2000

Book chapter

An excerpt from Clothing Matters: Dress and Identity in India. London: Hurst, 1996.

The ‘Kanun’: Laws of Honour and Hospitality

Antonia Young

Source: Women Who Become Men. Albanian Sworn Virgins 2000

Book chapter

‘A man who has been dishonoured is considered dead according to the Kanun.’

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