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Dressing the Elite: Clothes in Early Modern England Paperback – November 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1859737514 ISBN-10: 185973751X Edition: First Edition

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; First Edition edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185973751X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859737514
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,136,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This will be a very important publication. Susan Vincent uses techniques of historical and literary analysis to move beyond the conventional narratives of clothing history. It is a significant contribution and should be read by more than those with an existing interest in Early Modern England."--Evelyn Welch, University of Sussex

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Susan Vincent is an independent scholar.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By critic on May 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Fashion is fun, and the study of fashion is an engaging hobby. But at some point we all ask ourselves, "WHY would anyone wear that?" For the Elizabethan and Stuart eras, author Vincent has provided an easy to read and very informative study of that question. A survey of why clothes matter--and how they were acquired and by whom in the 16th and 17th centuries--adds to our understanding of the times and rounds out the picture we acquire from standard history texts. This is a good introduction to an up-and-coming subject that is just starting to attract scholarly attention. (While historic costume enthusiasts have debated these ideas for decades, that hasn't always been the case at the university level.) The publisher seems to be promoting this volume for academic use but I think it is useful for a wider audience. Re-enactors, "Renfaire" visitors, and theatrical costumers may all find something of value in this discussion.
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