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The three-piece suit and modern masculinity : England, 1550-1850

Author: David Kuchta
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2002.
Series: Studies on the history of society and culture, 47.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How one defined consumption - especially the distinction between healthy consumption and unhealthy luxury - depended on one's status and views. Kuchta analyzes men's clothing consumption under three different political and cultural regimes: Tudor-Stuart court culture, eighteenth-century aristocratic society, and early Victorian middle-class culture. With the adoption of the three-piece suit, elite masculinity  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Kuchta
ISBN: 0520214935 9780520214934
OCLC Number: 47023516
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral).
Description: x, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Conspicuous constructions --
The old sartorial regime, 1550-1688 --
"Apparel oft proclaims the man" --
The crown proclaims the apparel --
Court capitalism --
Religious conformity to fashion --
The seventeenth-century fashion crisis --
"The mode is a tyrant" --
"A tailor made thee" --
"Popery and foppery" --
The moral economy of mercantilism --
The three-piece suit --
Masculinity in the "Age of Chivalry," 1688-1832 --
"the manners of a republic" --
Gentlemanly capitalism --
Sublime masculinity --
The feminization of fashion --
The making of the self-made man, 1750-1850 --
"Character is power" --
The language of capital --
"The great masculine renunciation."
Series Title: Studies on the history of society and culture, 47.
Responsibility: David Kuchta.
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In 1666, King Charles II introduced a fashion that developed into the three-piece suit. This text examines the inspiration behind this royal revolution in masculine attire, showing how the ideology  Read more...

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