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Men in Black Hb (Picturing history)

Men's clothes went black in the 19th century, and Dickens, Ruskin and Baudelaire all asked why it was that, in an age of supreme wealth and power, men wanted to dress as if going to a funeral. For an answer one must look at the history of black, for it is clear that over the last 1000 years there have been successive expansions in the wearing of black - from the Church to the Court, from the Court to officials and the merchant class. Though the black fashion was often smart and elegant, the growth and extension of it were fed by several dark currents in Europe's history - in its politics, its asceticism, its religious warfare. It was only in the 19th century, however, that the black fashion fully came into its own; the most telling witnesses constantly saw connections between the taste for black and the forms of constraint with which European society regimented itself. Although the 20th century has aimed for new colours and a new direction, black has retained its authority as well as its associations with strength and cruelty. At the same time, black is still smart, and fashion keeps returning to black. It is, perhaps, the colour that has come to acquire the greatest, most significant range of meaning in history, and this book offers a detailed study. This link for educational purpose only. Please remove file from your computer after familiarization.

Men's clothes went black in the 19th century, and Dickens, Ruskin and Baudelaire all asked why it was that, in an age of supreme wealth and power, men wanted to dress as if going to a funeral. For an answer one must look at the history of black, for it is clear that over the last 1000 years there have been successive expansions in the wearing of black - from the Church to the Court, from the Court to officials and the merchant class. Though the black fashion was often smart and elegant, the growth and extension of it were fed by several dark currents in Europe's history - in its politics, its asceticism, its religious warfare. It was only in the 19th century, however, that the black fashion fully came into its own; the most telling witnesses constantly saw connections between the taste for black and the forms of constraint with which European society regimented itself. Although the 20th century has aimed for new colours and a new direction, black has retained its authority as well as its associations with strength and cruelty. At the same time, black is still smart, and fashion keeps returning to black. It is, perhaps, the colour that has come to acquire the greatest, most significant range of meaning in history, and this book offers a detailed study.

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Book pages: 256

ISBN: 0948462736

Book language: en

File size: 13.79 MB

File type: pdf

Published: 14 August 2018 - 21:00