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Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen

Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen

by Sarah-Jane Downing

Editeur : Osprey Publishing, Limited
ISBN: 9780747807674
Broché: 56
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Date d'affichage: 2020-05-26
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Jane Austen's world was revolutionary in every sense. The American colonies, then France, overthrew their kings and established republics. Such egalitarian ideals were also reflected in the fashions of the period, which adopted designs inspired by the period of classical democracy: light, flowing and diaphanous. For the first twenty years of the the nineteenth century women could discard corsets and wear less restrictive, more simplistic muslin gowns, emphasising the bust and creating an empire silhouette: it would be the 1920s before another such fashion revolution took hold. Austen used the diversities of fashion to enliven her characters: Wickham's military splendour; Mr Darcy's understated elegance; and Miss Tilney's romantic fixation with white muslin. Sarah Jane Downing explains fashion in this romantic period, how it was shaped by the cultural ideals of the time, and how London briefly usurped Paris as the epicentre of the fashion world.