MARIA GIUSEPPINA MUZZARELLI

A Brief History of Fashion in Italy

Fashion is a central feature of contemporary society, especially for a country that has made the "Made in Italy" label its calling card on the international scene. But Italian supremacy is a relatively recent phenomenon in the history of fashion, which has its roots in the Middle Ages. In this book one of the major Italian historians of fashion provides an engaging and light-hearted account of the history of fashion. After having described the various ages of fashion, in which the dominating countries were Italy, then Spain, and finally France, for quite a long time, the author updates the chronicle up to the present day, touching on various topics including the constituent elements of fashion, the evolution of tailors' role, the importance of luxury, the use of clothing for signalling status and place affiliations, and the ever-changing taste for colours, lines, loose or tight-fitting forms, corsets, and petticoats.

Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli teaches Medieval History and History of Cities at the University of Bologna.

Introduzione
I. La moda cos'è
II. Fatto in Italia
III. Sarti
IV. ... e altri protagonisti
V. Moda e lusso
VI. Moda e moderazione
VII. Vesti e differenze di luogo e di status
VIII. Colori, righe, quadretti e fantasie
IX. Revival, usato e vintage
X. Suggestioni d'Oriente
XI. Corto/lungo, stretto/largo: i ritmi della moda
XII. Verdugali, faldee, crinoline, tournures
XIII. Agli albori del feticismo
XIV. Bambini e adolescenti
XV. Tecnologie e distretti della moda: come cambia la produzione
XVI. Milano, Roma, Torino, Firenze: le città della moda
XVII. Oggetti del Novecento
XVIII. Arte e moda
Indice dei nomi
series "Intersezioni"
pp. 264, 978-88-15-15062-2
publication year 2011