- Publisher: The University of Michigan Press, United States
- Date published: 2016
- Format: Softcover
- ISBN: 9780472051175
Language: English. Brand new Book. Ornamentalism is the first book to focus on Renaissance accessories,their histories and meanings. The collection's eminent contributorsbring accessories to the center of a discussion about material culture,dress, and adornment, exploring their use, significance, and multiplelives. Defining an "accessory" in the broadest sense-including scents,veils, handkerchiefs, lingerie, codpieces, dildos, jewels, ruffs, wax seals,busks, shoes, scissors, and even boys-the book provides a rich culturalhistory that's eclectic and bold, including discussions of bodily functions,personal hygiene, and sexuality.Lively, well-written, and richly illustrated with color plates,Ornamentalism will appeal to scholars of the material past and socialpractice, and those interested in fashion studies, manners and morals,gender and sexuality, theater and performance.