Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Renaissance Europe

Paperback | December 24, 2011

byUlinka Rublack

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Dressing Up shows why clothes made history and history can be about clothes. It imagines the Renaissance afresh by considering people's appearances: what they wore, how this made them move, what images they created, and how all this made people feel about themselves. Using an astonishing array of sources, Ulinka Rublack argues that an appreciation of people's relationship to appearances and images is essential to an understanding of what it meant to live at this time - and ever since. We read about the head accountant of a sixteenth-century merchant firm whocommissioned 136 images of himself elaborately dressed across a lifetime; students arguing with their mother about which clothes they could have; or Nuremberg women wearing false braids dyed red or green. This brilliantly illustrated book draws on a range of insights across the disciplines andallows us to see an entire period in new ways. In integrating its findings into larger arguments about consumption, visual culture, the Reformation, German history, and the relationship of European and global history, it promises to re-shape the field.

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Dressing Up shows why clothes made history and history can be about clothes. It imagines the Renaissance afresh by considering people's appearances: what they wore, how this made them move, what images they created, and how all this made people feel about themselves. Using an astonishing array of sources, Ulinka Rublack argues that an ...

Ulinka Rublack teaches early modern European history at Cambridge University and is a Fellow of St John's College. One of the most original scholars of her generation, she has previously published The Crimes of Women in Early Modern Germany and Reformation Europe. She is editor of Gender in Early Modern German History and the Oxford U...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pagesPublished:December 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199645183

ISBN - 13:9780199645183

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Table of Contents

Prologue1. Introduction2. Looking at the Self3. The Look of Religion4. Nationhood5. Looking at Others6. Clothes and Consumers7. Bourgeios Taste and Emotional StylesEpilogue: An Old Regime of Dress?NotesSelect BibiliographyIndex

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`Rublack's wonderful new book on 'Dressing up' is both readable and compelling. While focused on Germany, she deals with fashion as a global phenomenon, exploring the many complexities that communities faced when deciding what to wear. Ranging across issues of identity, social control andcohesion, religious conflict and sumptuary laws, Rublack shows that clothing and fashion are serious and challenging topics that lead to often unexpected results.' Evelyn Welch, Queen Mary University of London