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Fashion and masculinity in Renaissance Florence

Author: Elizabeth Currie, (Fashion designer)
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Dress became a testing ground for masculine ideals in Renaissance Italy. With the establishment of the ducal regime in Florence in 1530, there was increasing debate about how to be a nobleman. Was fashionable clothing a sign of magnificence or a source of mockery? Was the graceful courtier virile or effeminate? How could a man dress for court without bankrupting himself? This book explores the whole story of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Currie, (Fashion designer)
ISBN: 9781350031630 1350031631
OCLC Number: 1000616867
Description: xv, 202 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part One Fashioning the Medici Court. 1. The Court on Show ; 2. The rise and fall of the Florentine Toga --
Part Two The courtier as consumer. 3. The noble art of shopping ; 4. Ruinous appearances --
Part Three Modes of Masculinity. 5. The versatility of black ; 6. Youth, fashion, and desire ; 7. Festive dress --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Currie.

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"Dress became a testing ground for masculine ideals in Renaissance Italy. With the establishment of the ducal regime in Florence in 1530, there was increasing debate about how to be a nobleman. Was fashionable clothing a sign of magnificence or a source of mockery? Was the graceful courtier virile or effeminate? How could a man dress for court without bankrupting himself? This book explores the whole story of clothing, from the tailor's workshop to spectacular court festivities, to show how the male nobility in one of Italy's main textile production centres used their appearances to project social, sexual, and professional identities. Sixteenth-century male fashion is often associated with swagger and ostentation but this book shows that Florentine clothing reflected manhood at a much deeper level, communicating a very Italian spectrum of male virtues and vices, from honour, courage, and restraint to luxury and excess. Situating dress at the heart of identity formation, Currie traces these codes through an array of sources, including unpublished archival records, surviving garments, portraiture, poetry, and personal correspondence between the Medici and their courtiers. Addressing important themes such as gender, politics, and consumption, Fashion and Masculinity in Renaissance Florence sheds fresh light on the sartorial culture of the Florentine court and Italy as a whole"--

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