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Fashion and class

Fashion and class

Worth, Rachel, author

In what ways do changing notions of social class correspond with key developments in the history of fashion? Focusing on examples ranging from 18th-century Britain to aspects of the global fashion industry in the early 21st century, Fashion and Class examines the meaning and evolution of the term `class', from its Marxist origins to modern day interpretations. Did industrialisation, technological change and developments in fashion retailing bring about a degree of `class levelling' or in fact intensify class antagonism? And to what extent does modern mass consumption and cheap labour revive some of the ethical issues faced in 19th-century British textile factories? Exploring a variety of case studies that examine the changing relationships between fashion and class in different historical contexts, from the French revolutionaries of the 1780-90s through to the changing relationships between couture, designer and high-street fashion in the mid-20th century and onwards, Fashion and Class is essential reading for those wishing to understand the ways in which the fashion system is closely connected with ideas of class

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Published London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020
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Statement of responsibility: Rachel Worth
ISBN: 085785495X, 9780857854957
Physical Description: 208 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Industrial / commercial art & design; Fashion Social aspects Great Britain History.; History of art; Beauty and Fashion.; Fashion & textiles; Cultural studies: customs & traditions; Social classes Great Britain History.; Clothing and dress Social aspects Great Britain History.; European history; Western Europe
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781847888150


  1. List of Illustrations
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Introduction
  4. 1 What's in a Name? The Language of Class in Relation to Fashion and Fabrics
  5. 2 The Politics of Fashion
  6. 3 Fabric of Society: Technological Change and Fashion
  7. 4 From North to South: Class Identity and Dress in the English Novel, 1820-60
  8. 5 Fashion, Class and Democratization
  9. 6 Retailing Revolution: Marks & Spencer and the Democratization of Fashion
  10. 7 Design and Class
  11. Conclusion
  12. Bibliography
  13. Index