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At the Mercy of Their ClothesModernism, the Middlebrow, and British Garment Culture$
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Celia Marshik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175043

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175043.001.0001

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Aspiration to the Extraordinary

Aspiration to the Extraordinary

Materializing the Subject Through Fancy Dress

Chapter:
(p.102) 3 Aspiration to the Extraordinary
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At the Mercy of Their Clothes
Author(s):

Celia Marshik

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231175043.003.0004

Examines fancy dress, which was wildly popular wear for costume parties in the early twentieth century. In a range of popular publications, authors suggest that such costumes cannot change or transform the characters that wear it. In contrast, Woolf and Dorothy Sayers write fiction in which costumes can utterly change those who wear them but limit such powers to upper-class, highly educated characters

Keywords:   Fancy dress, Costume, depth ontology, comedy, Woolf, Sayers

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