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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From the first white settlement clothing was of vast social significance to Australians. It was central to the ways class and status were negotiated and equally significant for marking out sexual differences. Dress was implicated in definitions of morality, in the relationship between Europeans and Aboriginal people, and between convict and free. This book reveals the broader historical and cultural implications of clothes in Australia for the first time.
  

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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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