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Making a Difference: Sartorial Practices and Social Order in Eighteenth-Century Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.
2016 (English)In: Costume - Journal of the Costume Society, ISSN 0590-8876, E-ISSN 1749-6306, Vol. 50, no 1, 42-62 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the seventy-three essays that were submitted to the Swedish RoyalPatriotic Society in 1773, in response to a competition for the best essay on the advantagesand disadvantages of a national dress. When presenting their thoughts on the design andrealization of a national dress, the authors came to reflect on deeper issues of social orderand sartorial culture, describing their views on society and its constituent parts, as well as thetrappings of visual appearances. Clothes were an intricate part of the visual culture surroundingearly modern social hierarchies; differentiation between groups and individuals were readilyvisualized through dress. Focusing on the three primary means for visual differentiationidentified in the essays — colour, fabrics and forms — this article explores the governing notionsof hierarchies in regards to sartorial appearance, and the sartorial practices for making thesocial order legible in late eighteenth-century Sweden.

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2016. Vol. 50, no 1, 42-62 p.
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sartorial practices, social order, visualization of difference, national dress, eighteenth-century Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280656DOI: 10.1080/05908876.2015.1129858ISI: 000377476100004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-280656DiVA: diva2:911545
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RFP12-0385:1
Available from: 2016-03-13 Created: 2016-03-13 Last updated: 2016-07-22Bibliographically approved

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