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Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette: Book by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette

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ISBN: 9780300154382    Publisher: Yale University Press Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 352        Language: English
This engrossing book chronicles one of the most exciting, controversial, and extravagant periods in the history of fashion: the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette in 18th-century France. Kimberly...Read more
This engrossing book chronicles one of the most exciting, controversial, and extravagant periods in the history of fashion: the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette in 18th-century France. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell offers a carefully researched glimpse into the turbulent era's sophisticated and largely female-dominated fashion industry, which produced courtly finery as well as promoted a thriving secondhand clothing market outside the royal circle. She discusses in depth the exceptionally imaginative and uninhibited styles of the period immediately before the French Revolution, and also explores fashion's surprising influence on the course of the Revolution itself. The absorbing narrative demonstrates fashion's crucial role as a visible and versatile medium for social commentary, and shows the glittering surface of 18th-century high society as well as its seedy underbelly. Fashion Victims presents a compelling anthology of trends, manners, and personalities from the era, accompanied by gorgeous fashion plates, portraits, and photographs of rare surviving garments.
Drawing upon documentary evidence, previously unpublished archival sources, and new information about aristocrats, politicians, and celebrities, this book is an unmatched study of French fashion in the late 18th century, providing astonishing insight, a gripping story, and stylish inspiration.
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About the author: Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell is an independent scholar.

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There are many books on this period in history, and Fashion Victims stands up as a worthy addition to the canon. It is an excellent addition to the bookshelf for both the scholar and those with a...Read more
There are many books on this period in history, and Fashion Victims stands up as a worthy addition to the canon. It is an excellent addition to the bookshelf for both the scholar and those with a more casual interest in history."-The Fashion Historian The Fashion Historian "Illustrated with beautiful images of fashion plates, portraits, and photographs of rare surviving garments, this thoroughly researched book is highly recommended for readers who are interested in the social and costume history of the 18th century."-Library Journal, Starred Review Library Journal '... as a pithy dissection of fashion's history - a history that undeniably informs the luxury industry today - it makes compelling reading.'-Alexander Fury, the Independent. -- Alexander Fury The Independent "As visually sumptuous as the fashions it details, this title offers a well-rounded assessment of the factors that influenced fashion at the culturally whimsical but politically tenuous royal court in France in the two decades preceding the French Revolution."-ARLIS ARLIS
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