East & west : textiles and fashion in early modern Europe
Lemire, Beverly and Riello, Giorgio. (2008) East & west : textiles and fashion in early modern Europe. Journal of Social History, Vol.41 (No.4). pp. 887-916. ISSN 0022-4529
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jsh.0.0019
What is the origin and essence of fashion? This question has engaged scholars of various disciplines over the past decades, most of whom approach this subject with a Western or European focus. This paper argues instead that Asia was also pivotal in the articulation of the fashion system in Europe. The long interaction between these regions of the world initiated profound changes that included the iteration of the early modem fashion system. Silk and later printed cotton textiles are uniquely important in world history as agents of new consumer tastes, and the embodiment of fashion in Europe. Particular attention is given to the process of the Europeanization of Asian textiles, and the consideration of the intellectual, commercial and aesthetic relationship between Europe and Asia, as the European printed industry developed. Fashion was not just created through the adoption and use of Asian goods, but it was also shaped by a culture in which print was central; and it was the printing of information-visual, as well as literate-along with printing as a productive process, which produced a type of fashionability that could be "read".
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Alternative Title:||East and west|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DAW Central Europe
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Chintz -- Europe, Clothing and dress -- History, Calico -- Europe, Fashion -- Europe -- History -- 16th century, Fashion -- Asian influences, Textile industry -- Europe -- History -- 16th century, Textile industry -- Europe -- History -- 17th century, Fashion -- Europe -- History -- 17th century|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Social History|
|Publisher:||George Mason University|
|Number of Pages:||31|
|Page Range:||pp. 887-916|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
Final version (as published).
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