The Politics of Appearances : Representations of Dress in Revolutionary France Paperback / softback
In the turbulent political and social landscape of Revolutionary France, dress played a major role in defining and displaying new identities.
What people wore was, in fact, a vital symbol of their allegiances and beliefs.
Drawing on a wide range of documentary and visual sources, this book offers a vivid picture of the highly charged politics of Revolutionary appearances.
The author explores the dynamic complexity of the new socio-political world, where the identification of who stood for what was such an urgent, if vexed, issue: where identical items of dress could stand for opposing political ideologies, where a variety of institutions - from local societies to the national assembly - tried to define the meanings associated with clothing, and where the clothes a person wore could seal their fate.
Tracing the stories surrounding the liberty cap, the different manifestations of official dress, the tricolore cockade and the sans-culotte provides a new and exciting insight into the complexities and uncertainties that made up life in Revolutionary France and the political culture that it created.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 328 pages, 1, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 01/10/2002
- Category: Fashion design & theory
- ISBN: 9781859735091