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Victorian fashion accessories

In Victorian England, women's accessories were always much more than incidental finishing touches to their elaborate dress. Accessories helped women to fashion their identities. Victorian Fashion Accessories explores how women's use of gloves, parasols, fans and vanity sets revealed their class, gender and colonial aspirations. The colour and fit of a pair of gloves could help a middle-class woman indicate her class aspirations. The sun filtering through a rose-colored parasol would provide a woman of a certain age with the glow of youth. The use of a fan was a socially acceptable means of attracting interest and flirting. Even the choice of vanity set on a woman's bedroom dresser reflected her complicity with colonial expansion. By paying attention to the particular details of women's accessories we discover the beliefs embedded in these artefacts and enhance our understanding of the culture at large.

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  • "This book takes the reader on a fascinating tour of the world of women's accessories and in doing so gives a sweeping view of nineteenth-century British cultural history. A woman's accessories were much more than the incidental finishing touches to her elaborate dress. The colour and material makeup of a pair of gloves indicated her class aspirations. A 'language of the fan' was developed so that she could secretly communicate with potential lovers. The sun reflecting through rose-coloured parasols allowed a woman of a certain age to look young again. Even the vanity set on a woman's bedroom dresser indicated her affinity with the Orient and approval of colonial expansion. This study reveals the beliefs, values, attitudes, and assumptions imbedded in women's accessories, unraveling the complexities and contradictions of the women who used these artifacts and the Victorian society which created them."
  • "In Victorian England, women's accessories were always much more than incidental finishing touches to their elaborate dress. Accessories helped women to fashion their identities. Victorian Fashion Accessories explores how women's use of gloves, parasols, fans and vanity sets revealed their class, gender and colonial aspirations. The colour and fit of a pair of gloves could help a middle-class woman indicate her class aspirations. The sun filtering through a rose-colored parasol would provide a woman of a certain age with the glow of youth. The use of a fan was a socially acceptable means of attracting interest and flirting. Even the choice of vanity set on a woman's bedroom dresser reflected her complicity with colonial expansion. By paying attention to the particular details of women's accessories we discover the beliefs embedded in these artefacts and enhance our understanding of the culture at large."@en
  • "'Victorian Fashion Accessories' takes the reader on a tour of the world of women's accessories and, in doing so, gives a sweeping view of 19th-century British cultural history."@en

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