The Tyranny of Elegance: Consumer Cosmopolitanism in the Era of Goethe

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In The Tyranny of Elegance, Daniel Purdy examines the coming of bourgeois fashion (Mode) and luxury consumerism (Luxus) to eighteenth-century Germany. Purdy examines the extraordinary influence of Frederick Bertuch's Mode Journal, which chronicled in obsessive detail the clothing and decorative trends in London, Paris, and other European capitals. He traces the elite reaction against fashion that followed the example of the king, Frederick the Great, who dressed poorly - in worn and even dirty clothes - to separate himself ...

The Tyranny of Elegance: Consumer Cosmopolitanism in the Era of Goethe 1998, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801858741

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