Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900
by Joan L. Severa
Publisher's Description
Cultural strata have always been defined visibly through clothing styles. However, in the nineteenth century, more higher-quality clothes were available to working-class Americans than ever before. This book takes a captivating look at this phenomenon, using period photographs as the primary source of study. What is most interesting is that although the lower classes could purchase clothing of the popular style soon after it had appeared on the market, these photographs reveal the inconsistencies and discrepancies which nonetheless set them apart from their wealthier counterparts. Joan Severa's stunningly detailed analysis of the stylistic details of the time is an engrossing and informative accompaniment to this fascinating cultural study in images.
ISBN: 0873385128
Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr
Hardcover : 303 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.6 x 11.1 x 1.6 inches
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