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Consumptive chic : a history of beauty, fashion, and disease

Author: Carolyn Day
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, there was a tubercular 'moment' in which perceptions of the consumptive disease became inextricably tied to contemporary concepts of beauty, playing out in the clothing fashions of the day. With the ravages of the illness widely regarded as conferring beauty on the sufferer, it became commonplace to regard tuberculosis as a positive affliction, one to be emulated in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Day
ISBN: 9781350009370 1350009377 9781350009387 1350009385 9781350009400 1350009407 9781350009394 1350009393
OCLC Number: 970681974
Description: x, 189 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction 1. The Approach to Illness2. The Curious Case of Consumption: A Family Affair 3. Exciting Consumption: The Causes and Culture of an Illness4. Morality, Mortality, and Romanticizing Death 5. The Angel of Death in the Household6. Tragedy and Tuberculosis: The Siddons Story7. Dying to Be Beautiful: The Consumptive Chic8. The Agony of Conceit: Clothing and ConsumptionEpilogue: The End of Consumptive ChicConclusionBibliographyIndex
Responsibility: Carolyn A. Day.

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During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, there was a tubercular 'moment' in which perceptions of the consumptive disease became inextricably tied to contemporary concepts of beauty, playing out in the clothing fashions of the day. With the ravages of the illness widely regarded as conferring beauty on the sufferer, it became commonplace to regard tuberculosis as a positive affliction, one to be emulated in both beauty practices and dress. While medical writers of the time believed that the fashionable way of life of many women actually rendered them susceptible to the disease, Carolyn A. Day investigates the deliberate and widespread flouting of admonitions against these fashion practices in the pursuit of beauty. Through an exploration of contemporary social trends and medical advice revealed in medical writing, literature and personal papers, Consumptive Chic uncovers the intimate relationship between fashionable women's clothing, and medical understandings of the illness. Illustrated with over 40 full color fashion plates, caricatures, medical images, and photographs of original garments, this is a compelling story of the intimate relationship between the body, beauty, and disease - and the rise of 'tubercular chic'.

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A well-researched and diligently compiled cultural history of tuberculosis. * Book of the Week, Times Higher Education * Consumptive Chic fuses medical, social, appearance and fashion histories into Read more...

 
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