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A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age

A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age, Volume 2

by Sarah-Grace Heller

Sarah-Grace Heller is Associate Professor at the Ohio State University, USA, specialising in French and Occitan medieval literature. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474206396
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-0639-6 (online)

    978-0-8578-5687-6 (hardback)

    978-1-4725-5749-0 (set)
  • Edition:
    First published
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2017
A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age
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During the medieval period, people invested heavily in looking good. The finest fashions demanded careful chemistry and compounds imported from great distances and at considerable risk to merchants; the Church became a major consumer of both the richest and humblest varieties of cloth, shoes, and adornment; and vernacular poets began to embroider their stories with hundreds of verses describing a plethora of dress styles, fabrics, and shopping experiences.

Drawing on a wealth of pictorial, textual and object sources, the volume examines how dress cultures developed – often to a degree of dazzling sophistication – between the years 800AD to 1450AD.

Beautifully illustrated with 100 images, A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age presents an overview of the period with essays on textiles, production and distribution, the body, belief, gender and sexuality, status, ethnicity, visual representations, and literary representations.