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Dressed To Rule : Royal and Court Costume From Louis XIV to Elizabeth II (Hardcover)

Author: Mansel, Philip

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Throughout history rulers have used clothes as a form of legitimization and propaganda. While palaces, pictures, and jewels might reflect the choice of a monarch?s predecessors or advisers, clothes reflected the preferences of the monarch himself. Being both personal and visible, the right costume at the right time could transform and define a monarch?s reputation. Many royal leaders have known this, from Louis XIV to Catherine the Great and from Napoleon I to Princess Diana.
This intriguing book explores how rulers have sought to control their image through their appearance. Mansel shows how individual styles of dress throw light on the personalities of particular monarchs, on their court system, and on their ambitions. The book looks also at the economics of the costume industry, at patronage, at the etiquette involved in mourning dress, and at the act of dressing itself. Fascinating glimpses into the lives of European monarchs and contemporary potentates reveal the intimate connection between power and the way it is packaged.

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Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780300106978
SKU 30695548
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0300106971
Release Date 7/11/2005
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0256
Publisher Yale University Press
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