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Fashioning the Victorians By Volume editor Professor Rebecca Mitchell (University of Birmingham, UK)

Fashioning the Victorians by Volume editor Professor Rebecca Mitchell (University of Birmingham, UK)

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Fashioning the Victorians: A Critical Sourcebook by Volume editor Professor Rebecca Mitchell (University of Birmingham, UK)

Offering a unique anthology of primary texts, this sourcebook opens a window on the writing that shaped and mirrored Victorian fashion, taking us from corsets to crinolines, dandies to decadent 'New Women'. A user-friendly collection that provides a solid grounding in the fashion history of the nineteenth century, it brings together for the first time sources that trace the evolution of dress and the social, cultural and political discourses that influenced it. Featuring seminal writings by authors and commentators such as Oscar Wilde, Thorstein Veblen and Sarah Stickney Ellis, plus satirical cartoons, illustrations and fashion plates from key sources such as Punch magazine, it combines primary texts and illustrations with accessible explanatory notes to offer a wide-ranging overview of the period for both students and researchers. Each section opens with an introduction that examines the major trends in Victorian clothing - and the material, economic, scientific and cultural forces driving those trends - situating the texts in the pressing social anxieties and pleasures of the time. Exploring both menswear and womenswear, and key topics such as corsetry, dress reform and mourning, Mitchell extends her analysis into interdisciplinary fields including gender studies and literature, and guides the reader with a timeline, glossary and further readings.

Fashioning the Victorians Reviews

Fashioning the Victorians is a first-rate contribution to the teaching of 19th century fashion, dress, and culture. Exploring how fashion was deeply integrated into the fabric of the time, this valuable and interdisciplinary book will be the basis of lively classroom discussion. -- Patricia Lennox, New York University, USA
A well-researched and properly illustrated text that weaves together contemporary sources for a fascinating look into the wardrobes of Victorian Britain. -- Sara Marcketti, Iowa State University, USA

About Volume editor Professor Rebecca Mitchell (University of Birmingham, UK)

Rebecca N. Mitchell is Senior Lecturer of Victorian Literature at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is the author of Victorian Lessons in Empathy and Difference (2011) and co-author of Oscar Wilde's Chatterton: Literary History, Romanticism, and the Art of Forgery (2015), among other works.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Timeline Introduction: Fashioning the Victorians I. Fashion Theory in the Nineteenth Century 1. Thomas Carlyle, from Sartor Resartus (1836) 2. Sarah Stickney Ellis, from The Women of England (1843) 3. George Darwin, 'The Development of Dress' (1872) 4. Thorstein Veblen, "The Economic Theory of Women's Dress" (1894) II. Dress Reform 5. Eliza Lynn Linton, "The Girl of the Period" (1868) 6. M. Eliza Haweis, from The Art of Dress (1879) 7. Florence Pomeroy, Lady Harberton, "Rational Dress Reform" (1882) 8. Oscar Wilde, "The Philosophy of Dress" (1897) III. Crinolines and Corsets 9. "Crinoline" (1863) 10. Harriet Martineau, 'A New Kind of Wilful Murder' (1863) 11. Violet Greville, "Victims of Vanity" (1893) 12. Contemporary reports of crinoline and corsets IV. Men's Dress 13. "Dress, Dandies, Fashion, &c.," Fraser's Magazine (1837) 14. "Modern Beau Brummellism," London Society (1867) 15. "When I First Put this Uniform On" and costumes from Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience (1881) V. Occasional Dress: Wedding, Mourning, Children's and Fancy Dress 16. Contemporary reports on Queen Victoria's wedding dress 17. From Richard Davey's A History of Mourning (1890) 18. Arden Holt's Fancy Dresses Described, 2nd edition (1882) and 6th edition (1896) 19. 'Children Dress' (1884) VI. Production and Industry 20. George Dodd, 'Wallotty Trot' (1853) 21. 'How we get Mauve and Tyrian Purple' (1860) 22. 'Progress of the Sewing Machine,' Bow Bells (1865) VII. International Influences and Echoes 23. 'Latest from Paris' (1876) 24. 'Death of the Leader of the Fashionable World' (1895) 25. 'A Japanese Village' (1885) VIII. Coda: Reflecting on the Victorians 26. Woolf, 'Modes and Manners of the Nineteenth Century' (1910) Glossary Further Reading Index

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