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Ornamentalism is the 1st booklet to target Renaissance add-ons, their histories and meanings. The collection's eminent individuals deliver components to the heart of a dialogue approximately fabric tradition, gown, and adornment, exploring their use, value, and a number of lives. Defining an “accessory” within the broadest sense—including scents, veils, handkerchiefs, undies, codpieces, dildos, jewels, ruffs, wax seals, busks, sneakers, scissors, or even boys—the ebook offers a wealthy cultural historical past that’s eclectic and impressive, together with discussions of physically capabilities, own hygiene, and sexuality.

full of life, well-written, and richly illustrated with colour plates, Ornamentalism will attract students of the fabric prior and social perform, and people attracted to model reviews, manners and morals, gender and sexuality, theater and performance.

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