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Accessories to modernity : fashion and the feminine in nineteenth-century France

Author: Susan Hiner
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This book explores the ways in which feminine fashion accessories, such as cashmere shawls, parasols, fans, and handbags, became essential instruments in the bourgeois idealization of womanhood in nineteenth-century France. Considering how these fashionable objects were portrayed in fashion journals and illustrations, as well as fiction, the book looks at the histories and cultural weight of the objects and offers  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Hiner
ISBN: 9780812242591 0812242599
OCLC Number: 491903689
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2011 Millia Davenport Publication Award of the Costume Society of America.
Description: viii, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: La Femme comme il (en) faut and the pursuit of distinction --
Unpacking the Corbeille de mariage --
"Cashmere fever": virtue and the domestication of the exotic --
Mademoiselle Ombrelle: shielding the fair sex --
Fan fetish: gender, nostalgia, and commodification --
Between good intentions and ulterior motives: the culture of handbags --
Epilogue. The feminine accessory.
Responsibility: Susan Hiner.


Examining fashion accessories in both novels and fashion discourses, Susan Hiner reframes the feminine accessory as a signifier of modernity and makes an important claim about the "accessory" status  Read more...


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