Fashion Victims

Fashion Victims

Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette

Book - 2015
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"Chronicles one of the most exciting, controversial, and extravagant periods in the history of fashion: the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette in 18th-century France. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell offers a carefully researched glimpse into the turbulent era's sophisticated and largely female-dominated fashion industry, which produced courtly finery as well as promoted a thriving secondhand clothing market outside the royal circle. She discusses in depth the exceptionally imaginative and uninhibited styles of the period immediately before the French Revolution, and also explores fashion's surprising influence on the course of the Revolution itself. The absorbing narrative demonstrates fashion's crucial role as a visible and versatile medium for social commentary, and shows the glittering surface of 18th-century high society as well as its seedy underbelly. Fashion Victims presents a compelling anthology of trends, manners, and personalities from the era, accompanied by gorgeous fashion plates, portraits, and photographs of rare surviving garments. Drawing upon documentary evidence, previously unpublished archival sources, and new information about aristocrats, politicians, and celebrities, this book is an unmatched study of French fashion in the late 18th century, providing astonishing insight, a gripping story, and stylish inspiration" -- From the publisher's description.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780300154382
Branch Call Number: 391.0094 CHRISMA
Characteristics: xii, 352 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm


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Apr 11, 2015

Fashion Victims is a very well written/ well researched book. It is really a beautiful art book, as well as a history of this period, and it's beautifully illustrated . For anyone interested in fashion, or in this dramatic period of history, this would be a very good book to read, and it's crammed with interesting facts, and lovely colored photographs.


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