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Dress and Morality Hardcover – September, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0841910911 ISBN-10: 084191091X

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Holmes & Meier Pub (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084191091X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0841910911
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,104,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Sexual morality is the story of Dr. Ribeiro’s meticulously researched and racy book."--The Times

"Aileen Ribeiro has painstakingly charted the history of dress - from the earliest times to the present day - as seen from the point of view of its moralist critics."--The Guardian

"Superb."--The New York Times
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About the Author

Aileen Ribeiro is Professor in the History of Art, University of London, and Lecturer in the History of Dress Department, Courtauld Institute of Art.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. Hermanson on December 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am extremely intereted in the relationshiop between morality and dress and was immediately drawn to this book. Costume has been used throughout the ages to advertise social status, distinguish genders, and as a reaction to current politics, and has therefore always been controversial. However, Ribeiro has made this incendiary topic extremely dry, perpetually refering to moralists' problems with the fashions of their times without connecting the issues of decency to anything: politics, cultural issues, etc. The inclusion of more specific fashion scandals-their causes and results-- would have made this a far more enjoyable and poignant read as well. This book is a decent chronology of sumtuary laws, but it's missing a theme more coherent than "moralists had a problem with all types of clothing at some time."
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