History of Fashion in Early Modern Europe

The bibliography below consists of select publications that treat the subject of fashion, textiles, and their histories in different contexts in Europe in the Early Modern period. You may also find this list in Zotero.

Buck, Anne. 1979. Dress in Eighteenth-Century England. New York: Holmes & Meier.

Campbell, Timothy. 2016. Historical Style: Fashion and the New Mode of History, 1740–1830. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Collins, Brenda, and Philip Ollerenshaw, eds. 2003. The European Linen Industry in Historical Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Comaroff, John L., and Jean Comaroff. 1997. “Fashioning the Colonial Subject: The Empire’s Old Clothes.” In Of Revelation and Revolution: The Dialectics of Modernity on a South African Frontier, 218–73. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Corner, David. 1991. “The Tyranny of Fashion: The Case of Felt-Hatting Trade in the Late Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.” Textile History 22 (2): 153–78.

Delpierre, Madeleine. 1997. Dress in France in the Eighteenth Century. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Dibbits, Hester. 1996. “Between Society and Family Values: The Linen Cupboard in Early Modern Households.” In Private Domain, Public Inquiry: Families and Life Styles in the Netherlands and Europe, 1550 to the Present, by Anton Schuurman and Pieter Spierenburg, 125–45. Liversum: Verloren.

Eastop, Dinah. 2006. “Outside In: Making Sense of the Deliberate Concealment of Garments within Buildings.” Textile 4 (3): 238–55.

Fennetaux, Ariane. 2008. “Women’s Pockets and the Construction of Privacy in the Long Eighteenth Century.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 20 (3): 307–34.

Fontana, G. L., and G. Gayot, eds. 2005. Wool: Products and Markets 13th-20th Centuries. Padova: Cleup.

Frick, Carole Collier. 2005. “The Florentine Rigattieri: Second Hand Clothing Dealers and the Circulation of Goods in the Renaissance.” In Old Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashions, by Hazel Clark and Alexandra Palmer, 13–28. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Geczy, Adam. 2013. Fashion and Orientalism: Dress, Textiles and Culture from the 17th to the 21st Century. London: Bloomsbury.

Gernerd, Elisabeth. 2015. “Pulled Tight and Gleaming: The Stocking’s Position within Eighteenth-Century Masculinity.” Textile History 46 (1): 3–27.

Gerritsen, Anne, and Giorgio Riello, eds. 2016. The Global Lives of Things: The Material Culture of Connections in the Early Modern World. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Giusberti, Fabio. 1998. “Dynamics of the Used Goods Market. Bolognese Drapers and Scrap Merchants in the Early Modern Era.” In Guilds, Markets and Work Regulations in Italy, 16th-19th Centuries, edited by Alberta Guenzi, Paola Massa, and Fausto Piola Caselli, 300–306. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Goldstone, Jack A. 1998. “The Problem of the ‘Early Modern’ World.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 41 (3): 249–84.

Harvey, John. 1995. Men in Black. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Kuchta, David. 2002. The Three-Piece Suit and Modern Masculinity: England. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Lambert, Miles. 2004. “‘Cast-off Wearing Apparell’: The Consumption and Distribution of Second-Hand Clothing in Northern England During the Lond Eighteenth Century.” Textile History 35: 1–26.

Lana, Anna. 1998. “Through the Needle’s Eye: Embroidered Pictures on the Threshold of Modernity.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 31 (4): 503–10.

Lemire, Beverly. 1991. Fashion’s Favourite: The Cotton Trade and the Consumer in Britain, 1660-1800. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

———. 2003. “Domesticating the Exotic: Floral Culture and the East India Calico Trade with England, c. 1600-1800.” Textile 1: 65–85.

———. 2011. Cotton. Oxford: Bloomsbury.

Mathiassen, Tov Engelhardt, Marie-Louise Nosch, Maj Ringgaard, Kirsten Toftegaard, and Mikkel Venborg Pedersen, eds. 2014. Fashionable Encounters: Perspectives and Trends in Textile and Dress in the Early Modern Nordic World. Oxford; Philadelphia: Oxbow Books.

Mayer, Tara. 2012. “Cultural Cross-Dressing: Posing and Performance in Orientalist Portraits.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 22 (2): 281–98.

Maynard, Margaret. 1994. Fashioned from Penury: Dress as Cultural Practice in Colonial Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Munns, Jessica, and Penny Richards, eds. 1999. The Clothes That Wear Us: Essays on Dressing and Transgressing in Eighteenth-Century Culture. Newark: Univeristy of Delaware Press.

Parker, Rozsika. 1984. The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine. London: The Women’s Press Ltd.

Randles, Sarah. 2013. “Material Magic: The Deliberate Concealment of Footwear and Other Clothing.” Parergon 30 (2): 109–28.

Riello, Giorgio. 2006. One Foot in the Past: Consumers, Producers, and Footwear in the Long Eighteenth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

———. 2013. Cotton: The Fabric That Made the Modern World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Riello, Giorgio, and Prasannan Parthasarathi, eds. 2009. The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Riello, Giorgio, and Ulinka Rublack, eds. Forthcoming. The Right To Dress: Sumptuary Regulations in Comparative and Global Perspective, 1500-1850.

Rublack, Ulinka. 2010. Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Renaissance Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Shrimpton, Jayne. 1992. “Dressing for a Tropical Climate: The Role of Native Fabrics in Fashionable Dress in Early Colonial India.” Textile History 23 (1): 55–70.

Styles, John D. 2002. “Involuntary Consumers? The Eighteenth-Century Servant and Her Clothes.” Textile History 33 (1): 9–21.

———. 2007. The Dress of the People: Everyday Fashion in Eighteenth-Century England. New Haven; London: Yale University Press.

Welch, Evelyn. 2005. Shopping in the Renaissance: Consumer Culture in Italy, 1400-1600. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Willmott, Cory C. 2005. “From Stroud to Strouds: The Hidden History of a British Fur Trade Textile.” Textile History 36: 196–234.

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