Fashion reveals not only who we are, but whom we aspire to be. From 1775 to 1925, artists in Europe were especially attuned to the gaps between appearance and reality, participating in and often critiquing the making of the self and the image. Reading their portrayals of modern life with an eye to fashion and dress reveals a world of complex calculations and subtle signals. Extensively illustrated, Fashion in European Art explores the significance of historical dress over this period of upheaval, as well as the lived experience of dress and its representation. Drawing on visual sources that extend from paintings and photographs to fashion plates, caricatures and advertisements, the expert contributors consider how artists and their sitters engaged with the fashion and culture of their times. They explore the politics of dress, its inspirations and the reactions it provoked, as well as the many meanings of fashion in European art, revealing its importance in understanding modernity itself -- Provided by the publisher.
Introduction: Addressing fashion in art / Justine De Young -- From the studio to the street: modelling neoclassical dress in art and life / Amelia Rauser -- Parures, pashminas, and portraiture, or, How Joséphine Bonaparte fashioned the Napoleonic Empire / Heather Belnap Jensen -- Temporalities of costume and fashion in art of the Romantic period / Susan L. Siegfried -- Dress and desire: Rossetti's erotics of the unclassifiable and working-class models / Julie Codell -- Mourning for Paris: the art and politics of dress after 'l'année terrible' (1870-1) / Justine De Young -- Mannequin and monkey in Seurat's Grande jatte / Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen -- 'But the coat is the picture': issues of masculine fashioning, politics, and sexual identity in portraiture in England c. 1890-1900 / Andrew Stephenson -- Silencing fashion in early twentith-century feminism: the sartorial story of suffrage / Kimberly Wahl -- Puppets, patterns, and 'proper gentlemen': men's fashion in Anton Raderscheidt's New objectivity paintings / Änne Söll
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