The Visual Culture of Fashion 1600-1914
By (author) Aileen Ribeiro
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Clothing Art by Aileen Ribeiro
Book DescriptionAn entirely new way of looking at the history of fashion through the eyes of artists There have always been important links between art and clothing. Artists have documented the ever-evolving trends in fashion, popularized certain styles of dress, and at times even designed fashions. This is the first book to explore in depth the fascinating points of contact between art and clothing, and in doing so it constructs a new and innovative history of dress in which the artist plays a central role. Aileen Ribeiro provides an illuminating account of the relationship between artists and clothing from the 17th century, when a more complex and sophisticated attitude to dress first appeared, to the early 20th century, when the boundaries between art and fashion became more fluid: haute couture could be seen as art, and art used textiles and clothes in highly imaginative ways. Her narrative encompasses such themes as the ways in which clothing has helped to define the nation state; how masquerade and dressing up were key subjects in art and life; and how, while many artists found increasing inspiration in high fashion, others became involved in designing "artistic" and reform dress. Sumptuously illustrated, Clothing Art also delves into the ways in which artists represent the clothes they depict in their work, approaches which range from photographic detail, through varying degrees of imaginative reality, to generalized drapery.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300119077
(280mm x 216mm x mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2017
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Aileen Ribeiro
Portrait of Fashion, Paperback (October 2015)
Illustrated throughout with paintings, drawings, photographs and other works of art, this book features 190 examples from the National Portrait Gallery's Collection.
Facing Beauty, Hardback (November 2011)
This wide-ranging survey, spanning four centuries, illuminates shifting perceptions of female beauty through works of art and the evolution of cosmetics
Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman, Hardback (October 2010)
By focussing on a single painting this new book brings a fresh approach to the study of an established artist.
Dress and Morality, Paperback (October 2003)» View all books by Aileen Ribeiro
Moralists have raged through history against fashions which are too short, too long, too tight, too loose or too costly. This book looks at fashion extremes over the centuries, from the sexual display of the codpiece through to corsets, crinolines and decolletage.
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Author Biography - Aileen Ribeiro
Aileen Ribeiro is professor emeritus in the history of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
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