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HISTORICAL STYLE: FASHION AND THE NEW MODE OF HISTORY, 1740-1830. Timothy Campbell. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2016. Material Texts. 376 pp. with 47 ills. 24 x 16 cm. ISBN 9780812248326 In English.
Publisher's description: Historical Style connects the birth of eighteenth-century British consumer society to the rise of historical self-consciousness. Prior to the eighteenth century, British style was slow to change and followed the cultural and economic imperatives of monarchical regimes. By the 1750s, however, a growing fashion press extolled, in writing and illustration, the new phenomenon of periodized fashion trends. As fashion fads came in and out of style, and as fashion texts circulated and obsolesced, Britons were forced to confront the material persistence of out-of-date fashions. Timothy Campbell argues that these fashion texts and objects shaped British perception of time and history by producing new curiosity about the very recent past, as well as a new self-consciousness about the means by which the past could be understood. In a panoptic sweep, Historical Style brings together art history, philosophy, and literary history to portray an era increasingly aware of itself. Burgeoning consumer society, Campbell contends, highlighted the distinction between the past and the present, created an expectation of continual change, and forged a sense of history as something that could be tracked through material objects.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — 1600-1800, 1800-1900 — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 174238
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