In this Book

Dressed as in a Painting
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In Dressed as in a Painting, Kimberly Wahl provides a lucid exploration of the interrelations between fashion, art, and Aestheticism during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Although artistic forms of dress have been the subject of short studies before, no book has focused exclusively on Aesthetic dress and its various expressions in the visual cultures of Victorian Britain. More important, no book has attempted to investigate the gap between the material facts of artistic clothing as it was embodied on the wearer, and its presence as an idealized sartorial trope in the visual and textual print culture of the period.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, About the Series, Other Works in the Series
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Origins and Issues
  2. pp. xi-xxxiv
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  1. 1 | Dress Reform and the Authority of Art in Victorian Aesthetic Culture
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. 2 | Aesthetic Dress in the Work of James McNeill Whistler
  2. pp. 35-69
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  1. 3 | The Grosvenor Gallery: Context and Climate for Artistic Dressing
  2. pp. 70-101
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  1. 4 | Popular Culture and the Fashioning of Aestheticism
  2. pp. 102-140
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  1. 5 | The Artful Containment of the Aesthetic Female Body
  2. pp. 141-160
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  1. Conclusion: The Value of Aesthetic Dress
  2. pp. 161-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-186
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 187-196
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-203
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