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Dress and Morality [Paperback]

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 17, 2004
Publisher   Berg Publishers
ISBN  185973782X  
EAN  9781859737828  

Availability  113 units.
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Moralists have raged throughout history against various fashions for being too short, too long, too tight, too loose or too costly. Highlighting the times when choice of dress was a moral minefield, this enlightening and entertaining book looks at fashion extremes over the centuries, from the sexual display of the codpiece through to corsets, crinolines and dcolletage. Providing a sharp and humorous look at the outright risqu as well as the grotesquely exaggerated and even the repulsive, Ribeiro shows how dress has functioned variously as a vehicle of righteousness or turpitude and as an expression of sexuality, class or social status. In 747 St Boniface deemed wide stripes and scarlet borders to incite lust and ruination of the soul. Well over a millennium later immodest dress ranked high in Jesuit Father Bernard Vaughan's book on the sins of society. Medical practitioners once labelled the v-necked top, now a standard style, 'the pneumonia neckline'. Was it the force of society or sheer vanity of fashion that drove women to wear sleeves the size of balloons? Are sexual boundaries between dress worn by men and women diminishing? What morals still bind us to our Judeo-Christian heritage and lead us to express ourselves through appearances?Lavishly illustrated and packed with countless thought-provoking quotes, Dress and Morality is an in-depth exploration of the comical vanities and social etiquettes associated with dress in the past. At last here is the much-anticipated updated edition of this classic book.

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More About Aileen Ribeiro

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Aileen Ribeiro is professor of history of art and lectures on the history of dress at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She is the author of numerous books, including "The Art of Dress: Fashion in England and France, 1750-1820";" Ingres in Fashion: Representations of Dress and Appearance in Ingres's Images of Women";" "and "Dress in Eighteenth-Century Europe, 1715-1789," all published by Yale University Press.

Aileen Ribeiro currently resides in London. Aileen Ribeiro was born in 1944.

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fascinating topic but....  Dec 2, 2004
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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