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Mourning Dress: A Costume and Social History (Routledge Revivals)

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First published in 1983, Mourning Dress chronicles the development of European and American mourning dress and etiquette from the middle ages to the present day, highlighting similarities and differences in practices between the different social strata. The result is a book which is not only of major importance to students of the history of dress but also to anyone who enj

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Unknown Binding, 327 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Allen & Unwin Australia
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Mel
Dec 10, 2012 Mel rated it liked it
I bought this book for 60p at a library sale years ago and finally got around to reading it. As a history book to sit and read it is a little dull. Taylor attempts to provide background for the Victorian and European traditions of mourning by giving references to modern anthropological accounts, which unfortuantely come across as not very well researched. But this book is definitely recommended more as a reference, it has many wonderful illustrations, of both Victorian fashion plates and ...more
Rebecca McNamara
More than thirty years after its original publication in 1983, the aptly titled "Mourning Dress" is still perhaps the most comprehensive book on mourning dress available, grounded in concrete examples of jewelry, dress, art, and primary text documentation. Covering pre-1600 through the twentieth century, focusing primarily on Europe, this book offers an accessible entree into understanding how the material culture of mourning shapes us, and how cultures, as they evolve over time, shape mourning ...more
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