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by Margaret Scott

From Renaissance fairs to countless retellings of the legend of Robin Hood to the popular restaurant Medieval Times, people remain fascinated by the medieval era—and in particular the clothing of the time. The richly varied dress of medieval days meant more than just fashion and style, and Margaret Scott offers here an insightful chronicle of the layered meanings of the garb worn by queens, kings, courtiers, and peasants.            Scott draws upon the vibrant illuminated manuscripts of the era to analyze the beautiful design and functionality of medieval clothing. Fascinating changes mark the development of medieval fashion, such as the transition in men’s grooming from wearing beards and long hair to being clean-shaven with short hair; the rise in women’s fashion in the fourteenth century as a method of securing a husband; and the various types of jewelry, fabric, and subtle garment fittings that managed to convey the important distinctions between the upper class and the peasantry. Such distinctions, Scott reveals, were enforced by intricate and strict laws passed in countries throughout Europe that governed the color, styles, and number of a citizen’s garments according to their career, social class, and even the times of year. Political and religious history were also critical factors, Medieval Dress and Fashion shows, as the book draws from first-hand accounts to analyze how pivotal historical moments such as the Crusades and the fall of the Roman Empire resulted in an unexpected blending of cultures and clothing styles.             Whether their interest lies in class or corsets, readers curious about the costumes of the past will be charmed by Margaret Scott’s lively and engaging book.
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ISBN: 0712306757
ISBN13: 978-0712306751
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Graphic Design
Author: Margaret Scott
Language: English
Publisher: British Library (June 1, 2007)
Pages: 208 pages
ePUB size: 1281 kb
FB2 size: 1765 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 695
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Medieval Dress and Fashion is a wonderfully illustrated book. The chapters take us from 840 AD through the end of the sixteenth century, and the pages are filled with detail.
watching to future
Amazing information. Thank you.
A wonderful resource for costumers.
Margaret Scott's "Medieval Dress and Fashion" is far from comprehensive. But for the serious student of the period and subject, her book offers interesting insights and a collection of costume-oriented pictures from period art that is hard to match anywhere else for the price. Though it would have been even more informative to feature photographs of some of the surviving garments of the period, Scott's book still deserves a place in the libraries of those interested in western European medieval costume.
Margaret Scott is a delightful author who ekes out so much information from the history and images of the time that I find myself re-reading many passages! Her diverse background allows her to give insight not only into what was worn but why and how it was affected by the human influence of the time. Historical clothing books can sometimes be simplistic in their approach but Dr. Scott's book is not. She digs deep and wide to prove an amazing diversity of clothing often not touched on in other treatises.

This book is not large but it is full of beautiful extant images, chock full of information and even fun anecdotes. I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in clothing of this time!
For anyone as crazy about Medieval history as I am, this book is a thrill!
Heaps of full colour illustrations almost on every page,make it a veritable jewel. Margaret Scott's text is easy to read and understand and not a bit "dry" as some historical writers tend to be. She approaches her subject with both gusto and humour, explaining how even the colours of different outfits could denote where one stood in medieval hierachy. Also some of the "fashion fads" were amusing, such as very, very elongated toes on shoes for men, started by one poor soul who had bad bunions, in order to disguise the fact! I am still reading it, and loving every page. I highly recommend it to anyone, particularly those interested in how dress and fashion started and even today, influences how we dress.