What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America : the Colonial Williamsburg Collection

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Yale University Press, 2002 - Design - 265 pages
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"Paintings of upper-class men and women tell an important part of the history of costumes, but surviving garments reveal even more. Every crease, stitch, and stain in a piece of clothing supplies valuable information about its wearer and its era. This stunning book features eighteenth - and early-nineteenth-century garments from the premiere collection of Colonial Williamsburg. Illustrated with more than 300 color photographs, including many details and back views, What Clothes Reveal treats not only elegant, high-style clothing in colonial America but also garments for everyday and work, the clothing of slaves, and maternity and nursing apparel." "Drawing on contemporary written descriptions and on actual costumes of the period, the book analyzes what Americans in the eighteenth century considered fashionable and attractive and how they used clothing to assert status or to identify occupations. The book also examines the myths and meanings of clothing in British and American society, clothing for the entire life cycle, and a history of clothing alteration. Informative sidebars on a variety of fascinating topics complete the volume."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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What clothes reveal: the language of clothing in colonial and federal America: the Colonial Williamsberg Collection

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Close study of the details of personal life always sheds light on broader aspects of history, as this book perfectly illustrates. Beautifully produced, with some 355 illustrations in full color and ... Read full review

Contents

t CHAPTER I
16
CHAPTER 2
52
CHAPTER 3
76
CHAPTER 4
104
CHAPTER 5
140
CHAPTER
182
CONCLUSION
208
TIMELINE
216
NOTES
240
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