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Dressed to Rule

Mansel, Philip

Published by Yale University Press
ISBN 10: 0300106971 / ISBN 13: 9780300106978
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Title: Dressed to Rule

Publisher: Yale University Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New


Num Pages: 256 pages, 50 b/w + 16 color illus. BIC Classification: HBG; HBLH; HBT; JFCK. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 236 x 164 x 20. Weight in Grams: 584. . 2005. 1st. Hardcover. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780300106978

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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.

Book Description: Many royal leaders, both past and present, have understood the intimate connection between power and the way it is packaged. This intriguing book explores how European royals, including Louis XIV, Napoleon I, and Princess Diana, have carefully controlled their styles of dress and how the right costume, at the right time, can transform and define a monarch?s reputation.

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