Fashion in the Middle Ages

Fashion in the Middle Ages

Book - 2011
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From the costly velvets and furs worn by kings to the undyed wools and rough linens of the peasantry, the clothing worn by the various classes in the Middle Ages played an integral role in medieval society. In addition to providing clues to status, profession, or geographic origin, textiles were a crucial element in the economies of many countries and cities.

Much of what is known about medieval fashion is gleaned from the pages of manuscripts, which serve as a rich source of imagery. This volume provides a detailed look at both the actual fabrics and composition of medieval clothing as well as the period's attitude toward fashion through an exploration of the illuminated manuscripts in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The last portion of the book is dedicated to the depiction of clothing in biblical times and the ancient world as seen through a medieval lens. Throughout, excerpts from literary sources of the period help shed light on the perceived role and function of fashion in daily life. The book accompanies an exhibition of the same name on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from May 31 to August 14, 2011.

Publisher: Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, c2011
ISBN: 9781606060612
Call Number: 391.009 Sco851f
Characteristics: 120 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: J. Paul Getty Museum


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Jul 02, 2012

This book was wonderful! It was lots of fun and extremely visual.
All statements were backed with primary evidence in the form of portraits, tapestries, and contemporary art.
Do read this book!


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