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Byzantine Dress : Representations of Secular Dress - J. Ball

Byzantine Dress

Representations of Secular Dress

By: J. Ball

Hardcover

Published: 1st September 2005
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In Byzantium two overlapping systems of dress existed: a semiotic one whereby dress was a code for rank and wealth; and a fashion system where dress was based on the desire to look a certain way. Courtiers participated in a semiotic system of dress, but fashion crept into their prescribed outfits; the nobility chose their clothing based primarily on individual taste, but status was encoded within their fashions. This book elucidates secular dress from the eighth to the twelfth centuries through an examination of painted representations, helping the reader to envision an entire society of dressed citizens.

'This book is a welcome addition to the history of Byzantine dress. It presents a concise coverage of the Middle Byzantine period (eighth to twelfth centuries) using paintings (both frescoes and illustrated manuscripts) as its main evidence...It will be a good addition to the libraries of Byzantine historians and dress historians.' - Medieval Clothing and Textiles

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Imperial Dressp. 11
Court Dressp. 37
Dress of the Borderland Elitep. 57
Non-Elite Dressp. 79
An Examination of the Textile Evidencep. 105
Conclusionp. 117
Middle Byzantine Dress Fragmentsp. 123
Notesp. 129
Bibliographyp. 159
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9781403967008
ISBN-10: 1403967008
Series: The New Middle Ages
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 205
Published: 1st September 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1