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Fashion in the Middle Ages /
author
Margaret Scott.
imprint
Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, c2011.
description
120 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1606060619 (hardcover), 9781606060612 (hardcover)
format
Book

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imprint
Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, c2011.
isbn
1606060619 (hardcover)
9781606060612 (hardcover)
contents note
Dressing for the moment -- Stuffs of clothing -- Experiments in tailoring -- National styles -- Criticism through dress -- Clothing a tale: Romance of the rose -- Dressing for the job -- Dressed to rule -- Serving God -- Academic awards -- Serving man -- Outfitting for the seasons: Spinola hours -- Dressing for another time, another place -- Biblical times and the Holy Land -- Ancient Greece and Rome -- Garbing a hero: Book of the deeds of Alexander the Great.
general note
"This publication is issued in conjunction with the exhibition Fashion in the Middle Ages, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from May 31 to August 14, 2011."
catalogue key
7676628
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 120).
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-09-01:
Using medieval manuscripts, this little book explains and illustrates the role of clothing in the Middle Ages. Lavishly illustrated with an average of one full-color image per page, it shows Getty Publications' attention to detail. Scott, author of Medieval Dress and Fashion (CH, Mar'08, 45-4007) and former head of the Dress Department at the Courtauld Institute, explains fashion trends in various geographic areas and time periods during the Middle Ages, while taking into consideration the fact that medieval artists may have idealized their works. Each chapter offers a brief introduction to its theme, such as types of cloth, social status of wearers, and national styles. A short catalogue of examples supporting each theme follows. Each catalogue entry includes image, title, artist, provenance, approximate date, and brief description. Artistic conventions used to depict various fabrics and textures are also explained, making this book useful to interested general readers, students, and professors of illustrated manuscripts, period dress, or artistic techniques. A glossary, list of online resources, and suggestions for further reading are included. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers. N. Mactague Aurora University
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"Recommended."- Choice
"Recommended."-- Choice
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Main Description
From the costly velvets and furs worn by kings to the undyed wools and rough linens of the peasantry, the clothing worn by the various classes in the Middle Ages played an integral role in medieval society. In addition to providing clues to status, profession, or geographic origin, textiles were a crucial element in the economies of many countries and cities. Much of what is known about medieval fashion is gleaned from the pages of manuscripts, which serve as a rich source of imagery. This volume provides a detailed look at both the actual fabrics and composition of medieval clothing as well as the period's attitude toward fashion through an exploration of the illuminated manuscripts in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The last portion of the book is dedicated to the depiction of clothing in biblical times and the ancient world as seen through a medieval lens. Throughout, excerpts from literary sources of the period help shed light on the perceived role and function of fashion in daily life. The book accompanies an exhibition of the same name on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from May 31 to August 14, 2011.
Main Description
From the costly velvets and furs worn by kings to the undyed wools and rough linens of the peasantry, the clothing worn by the various classes in the Middle Ages played an integral role in medieval society. In addition to providing clues to status, profession, or geographic origin, textiles were a crucial element in the economies of many countries and cities. Much of what is known about medieval fashion is gleaned from the pages of manuscripts, which serve as a rich source of imagery. This volume provides a detailed look at both the actual fabrics and composition of medieval clothing as well as the period's attitude toward fashion through an exploration of the illuminated manuscripts in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The last portion of the book is dedicated to the depiction of clothing in biblical times and the ancient world as seen through a medieval lens.
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This volume provides a detailed look at both the actual fabrics and composition of medieval clothing as well as the period's attitude toward fashion through an exploration of the illuminated manuscripts in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Main Description
"This publication is issued in conjunction with the exhibition Fashion in the Middle Ages, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from May 31 to August 14, 2011."

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