Between luxury and leisure: the nineteenth century
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- The Fashion History Reader: Global Perspectives, 2010, 1, pp. 267 - 274
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The nineteenth century was a period of vast transformations and possibilities in terms of a fashion-scape for men and women, from the provincial worker to the patrician industrialist. Yet much of the century's fashion is poorly understood and remains little researched. Enormous changes of style and silhouette swept through the female wardrobe, with most scholarly attention being focused upon those transformations of the second half of the century. This is probably a result of the power of art history in designating impressionist painting practice as central to its scholarship in the past forty years, as well as the attention paid to the greatness of the prose, poetry and journalism of writers such as Baudelaire, the Realists such as Zola and the Symbolists such as Huysmans.
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