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Moralists have raged throughout history against various fashions for being too short, too long, too tight, too loose or too costly. Highlighting the times when choice of dress was a moral minefield, this enlightening and entertaining book looks at fashion extremes over the centuries, from the sexual display of the codpiece through to corsets, crinolines and décolletage.ProMoralists have raged throughout history against various fashions for being too short, too long, too tight, too loose or too costly. Highlighting the times when choice of dress was a moral minefield, this enlightening and entertaining book looks at fashion extremes over the centuries, from the sexual display of the codpiece through to corsets, crinolines and décolletage.Providing a sharp and humorous look at the outright risqué as well as the grotesquely exaggerated and even the repulsive, Ribeiro shows how dress has functioned variously as a vehicle of righteousness or turpitude and as an expression of sexuality, class or social status. In 747 St Boniface deemed wide stripes and scarlet borders to incite lust and ruination of the soul. Well over a millennium later immodest dress ranked high in Jesuit Father Bernard Vaughan's book on the sins of society. Medical practitioners once labelled the v-necked top, now a standard style, 'the pneumonia neckline'. Was it the force of society or sheer vanity of fashion that drove women to wear sleeves the size of balloons? Are sexual boundaries between dress worn by men and women diminishing? What morals still bind us to our Judeo-Christian heritage and lead us to express ourselves through appearances?Lavishly illustrated and packed with countless thought-provoking quotes, Dress and Morality is an in-depth exploration of the comical vanities and social etiquettes associated with dress in the past. At last here is the much-anticipated updated edition of this classic book....

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ISBN : 9781859737828
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Dress and Morality Reviews

  • Жанна Пояркова
    2019-01-28 21:24

    Отличная книга про историю того, как моралисты нападали на разнообразные одежды. Скромники сразу потерпят поражение, потому что никакого блаженного прошлого, где все одевались скромно и слаженно, не существовало. Гульфики с лентами и стразами, думаю, шокировали бы сегодняшнего человека ничуть не меньше голых грудей. История одежды, вообще говоря, рассказывает о человечестве и его "морали" сразу все, очень необычный ракурс восприятия, но крайне наглядный. Особенно показательно, как бесконечные недовольные священники, разбирающиеся в моде лучше остальных, строчат трактаты с названиями "Трактат об омерзительности фижм", "Разнообразные аргументы против краски, мушек, обнаженных спин, грудей, рук и проч", а то и вовсе "Воззвание к милости короля по поводу боковых хвостов". Современный блогинг во многом - бесконечные трактаты об "омерзительности фижм" на разных фронтах.Правда, раньше священники приписывали свою ненависть к оборкам или красному цвету сразу Богу, а теперь народу приходится писать что-то вроде "Все знают", "Любому человеку понятно, что" и т.д. Т.е. идут века, все остается на своих местах, но люди продолжают доставать других по поводу того, как они выглядят. Какая глупость.

  • Tove
    2019-02-11 19:32

    I am extremely interested in the relationship between morality and dress and was immediately drawn to this book. Costume has been used throughout the ages to advertise social status, distinguish genders, and as a reaction to current politics, and has therefore always been controversial. However, Ribeiro has made this incendiary topic quite dry, perpetually referring to moralists' problems with the fashions of their times without connecting the issues of decency to anything: politics, cultural issues, etc. The inclusion of more specific fashion scandals-their causes and results-- would have made this a far more enjoyable and poignant read as well. This book is a decent chronology of sumtuary laws, but it's missing a theme more coherent than "moralists had a problem with all types of clothing at some time." It recounts legal and editorial moral objections to past fashions with few specific examples to keep the reader entertained or to make the details stand out from decade to decade.