Dressed to Rule: Royal and Court Costume from Louis XIV to Elizabeth II

Philip Mansel


Dressed to Rule: Royal and Court Costume from Louis XIV to Elizabeth II

Dressed to Rule: Royal and Court Costume from Louis XIV to Elizabeth II

  • Title: Dressed to Rule: Royal and Court Costume from Louis XIV to Elizabeth II
  • Author: Philip Mansel
  • ISBN: 9780300106978
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Hardcover



Throughout history rulers have used clothes as a form of legitimization and propaganda While palaces, pictures, and jewels might reflect the choice of a monarch s predecessors or advisers, clothes reflected the preferences of the monarch himself Being both personal and visible, the right costume at the right time could transform and define a monarch s reputation Many roThroughout history rulers have used clothes as a form of legitimization and propaganda While palaces, pictures, and jewels might reflect the choice of a monarch s predecessors or advisers, clothes reflected the preferences of the monarch himself Being both personal and visible, the right costume at the right time could transform and define a monarch s reputation Many royal leaders have known this, from Louis XIV to Catherine the Great and from Napoleon I to Princess Diana.This intriguing book explores how rulers have sought to control their image through their appearance Mansel shows how individual styles of dress throw light on the personalities of particular monarchs, on their court system, and on their ambitions The book looks also at the economics of the costume industry, at patronage, at the etiquette involved in mourning dress, and at the act of dressing itself Fascinating glimpses into the lives of European monarchs and contemporary potentates reveal the intimate connection between power and the way it is packaged.


Recent Comments "Dressed to Rule: Royal and Court Costume from Louis XIV to Elizabeth II"

This book discusses the associations between clothing and power, with a focus on Europe during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. It condenses an impressive amount of research into a short book and presents the material entertainingly and informatively. The element that was newest and most interesting to me was the rise of association between military uniforms and the monarchy in the late 18th century. It seems that pre-revolutionary France had the only European court at which military un [...]

I did quite enjoy this book, but from the title I did not expect there to be this much of a focus on military uniform. It seems like the author enjoys the subject very much and the book is very well researched, so this is not neccessarily a bad thing, but it just isn't particularly interesting to me. For someone interested in the history of military-uniforms throughout the ages (definitely a neglected subject), this book is a great find!

I will be honest and say that I'm a bit shallow - I would have liked to have seen more pictures. There were not nearly enough pictures (for what I wanted) and the pictures provided were small, making it difficult to see the details being described. Many of the pictures were in black and white and we had to depend on the narrative to describe the vivid colours.

I didn't like this one as much as I thought I would. Oh well.

georgian, historical, regency, royalty, victorian


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