Fashioned from Penury: Dress as Cultural Practice in Colonial Australia

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 30, 1994 - Health & Fitness - 235 pages
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Dress is central to identity and lies at the heart of some long-held myths about the Australian way of life, myths which Margaret Maynard argues need to be re-evaluated. She shows that the colonies did not always slavishly follow British fashion, and that the egalitarian style of dress may have covered up class divisions in society. She also looks at the way in which rural men's bush dress, rather than women's dress, came to be regarded as the only valid sign of being Australian. In the light of current moves towards republicanism, the issue of what constitutes an 'Australian' form of dress is more relevant than ever.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Government and the Social Order
9
Clothing Supplies and Manufacturing
27
Fashion Class and Power
41
Clothing and AboriginalColonial Relations
59
Urban CodesClass and Gender
77
Etiquette and Social Practice
99
Supply and Demand
116
An Australian Distindiveness
137
Bush Dress and the Mythology of the Real Australian
165
Appendixes
183
Bibliography
211
Index
227
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