Fashioned from Penury: Dress as Cultural Practice in Colonial Australia
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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