Clothing the Poor in Nineteenth-Century England by Vivienne Richmond

By Vivienne Richmond

during this pioneering learn Vivienne Richmond finds the significance of costume to the nineteenth-century English terrible, who valued garments not just for its sensible application, but in addition as a principal point within the production and statement of collective and person identities. in this interval of quick industrialisation and urbanisation formal costume codes, company and institutional uniforms, and the unfold of city models changed the casual costume of agricultural England. This laid the principles of contemporary renowned costume and generated fears concerning the visible blurring of social barriers as new modes of producing and retailing accelerated the wardrobes of the bulk. although, an important impoverished minority remained outdoor this method. Clothed through diminishing parish counsel, increasing paternalistic charity and the second-hand exchange, they shaped a 'sartorial underclass' whose fabric deprivation and visible contrast used to be a reason for actual ache and mental trauma.

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