Clothing art The visual culture of fashion, 1600-1914

Aileen Ribeiro, 1944-

Book - 2017

There have always been important links between art and clothing. Artists have documented the ever-evolving trends in fashion, have popularized certain styles of dress, and have at times even designed fashions. This is the first book to explore in depth the fascinating points of contact between art and clothing, and in doing so it constructs a new and innovative history of dress in which the artist plays a central role. Aileen Ribeiro provides an illuminating account of the relationship between a...rtists and clothing from the 17th century, when a more complex and sophisticated attitude to dress first appeared, until the early 20th century, when the boundaries between art and fashion became more fluid: haute couture could be seen as art, and art used textiles and clothes in highly imaginative ways. Her narrative encompasses such themes as the ways in which clothing has helped to define the nation state; how masquerade and dressing up were key subjects in art and life; and how, while many artists found increasing inspiration in high fashion, others became involved in designing artistic and reform dress. Sumptuously illustrated, Clothing Art also delves into the ways in which artists represent the clothes they depict in their work, approaches which range from photographic detail, through varying degrees of imaginative reality, to generalized drapery.

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Published
New Haven : Yale University Press [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
x, 572 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780300119077
0300119070
Main Author
Aileen Ribeiro, 1944- (author)
  • Introduction: Seeing dress in art
  • Part I. Portraying dress. Introduction ; Artists' fashions ; In the studio
  • Part II. Identifying the nation. Introduction ; Going Dutch in the seventeenth century ; Fashioning the court of Louis XIV ; Reading dress : class, character and identity in Hogarth's work
  • Part III. Dressing up. Introduction ; Masquerade ; Looking east ; Addressing the antique ; Romancing the past
  • Part IV. Painting modern life. Introduction ; Dressing stories ; Reigning taste : depicting fashion in the Second Empire ; Artists and fashion
  • Part V. Designing artists. Introduction ; Fashioning beauty ; Reforming dress
  • Afterword: Seeing art in dress.
Review by Choice Reviews

Ribeiro (history of art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London) offers a fresh approach to analysis and investigation of dress and appearance in this richly illustrated book on the history and meaning of dress as depicted in art. The ways in which artists depict clothed figures reveals much about the construction of clothing in a given time period; its social and cultural functions; its relationship to the status, identity, and aspirations of the wearer; what it means about posture and movement; and how it reflects the relationship between body and mind. The book is divided into five parts—"Portraying Dress," "Identifying the Nation," "Dressing Up" "Painting Modern Life," "Designing Artists"—each beginning with an introduction, followed by two to four chapters examining the topic in depth. Chapters cover a wide range of subjects, including portraits and self-portraiture, national identity, aristocracy and social class, masquerade, Orientalism, classical dress, and the portrayal of beauty. This interpretation of clothing and fashion through the lens of art history will especially appeal to those interested in fashion design, women's history, and social and cultural studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.--C. B. Cannon, Brand Library and Art CenterCaley Brae CannonBrand Library and Art Center Caley Brae Cannon Choice Reviews 54:11 July 2017 Copyright 2017 American Library Association.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Ribeiro's (emeritus, history of dress, Courtauld Inst. of Art, London) complete and engaging narrative addresses the history of clothes seen through European art from 1600 to 1914. She demonstrates how fashion portrayed in paintings might be altered by the artist while still communicating information about the style of a specific period or revealing truths about the figures depicted. Presented chronologically yet also thematically, the book begins with an exploration of portraiture and how the real vs. the imaginative in attire played out through this medium. The same ideas are also discussed in relation to the issue of national dress, in this case in 17th-century Holland. In the 18th- and early 19th-century France and England, the predilection for dressing up in clothing reflecting a romanticized past is examined. In 19th-century France, modernity is reflected in fashion developing as a growing industry. Lastly, in the more modern eras, dress reform is reflected in art with the liberation of the corset and the simplifying and relaxing of the lines of women's garments through the style of "artistic dress." Also during this period, artists such as Henry Van de Velde and Gustav Klimt designed clothes themselves. VERDICT Well written and stunningly illustrated, this title is recommended for readers interested in the history of dress.—Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Univ. Lib., MA Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An entirely new way of looking at the history of fashion through the eyes of artists There have always been important links between art and clothing. Artists have documented the ever-evolving trends in fashion, popularized certain styles of dress, and at times even designed fashions. This is the first book to explore in depth the fascinating points of contact between art and clothing, and in doing so it constructs a new and innovative history of dress in which the artist plays a central role.    Aileen Ribeiro provides an illuminating account of the relationship between artists and clothing from the 17th century, when a more complex and sophisticated attitude to dress first appeared, to the early 20th century, when the boundaries between art and fashion became more fluid: haute couture could be seen as art, and art used textiles and clothes in highly imaginative ways.  Her narrative encompasses such themes as the ways in which clothing has helped to define the nation state; how masquerade and dressing up were key subjects in art and life; and how, while many artists found increasing inspiration in high fashion, others became involved in designing 'artistic' and reform dress.  Sumptuously illustrated, Clothing Art also delves into the ways in which artists represent the clothes they depict in their work, approaches which range from photographic detail, through varying degrees of imaginative reality, to generalized drapery.  

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An entirely new way of looking at the history of fashion through the eyes of artists

There have always been important links between art and clothing. Artists have documented the ever-evolving trends in fashion, popularized certain styles of dress, and at times even designed fashions. This is the first book to explore in depth the fascinating points of contact between art and clothing, and in doing so it constructs a new and innovative history of dress in which the artist plays a central role. 
 
Aileen Ribeiro provides an illuminating account of the relationship between artists and clothing from the 17th century, when a more complex and sophisticated attitude to dress first appeared, to the early 20th century, when the boundaries between art and fashion became more fluid: haute couture could be seen as art, and art used textiles and clothes in highly imaginative ways.  Her narrative encompasses such themes as the ways in which clothing has helped to define the nation state; how masquerade and dressing up were key subjects in art and life; and how, while many artists found increasing inspiration in high fashion, others became involved in designing “artistic” and reform dress.  Sumptuously illustrated, Clothing Art also delves into the ways in which artists represent the clothes they depict in their work, approaches which range from photographic detail, through varying degrees of imaginative reality, to generalized drapery.  

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An entirely new way of looking at the history of fashion through the eyes of artists