Abstract

abstract:

This article analyzes English utopian texts written by the educated elite in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in order to identify attitudes toward, or social dreaming about, clothing, fashion, and society in early modern England. From Thomas More's Utopia to Sir Balthazar Gerbier's "Loix," clothes are repeatedly deployed in governance to enforce legal, political, religious, gender, and social hierarchies and to impose social controls. These texts reveal their authors' largely unexamined attitudes toward dress and the great importance placed by them on the codification of clothing as a primary tool for societal control and the maintenance of social hierarchies.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2154-9648
Print ISSN
1045-991X
Pages
pp. 398-427
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-17
Open Access
No
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