Parution : Sarah A. Bendall, “Shaping Femininity: Foundation Garments, the Body & Women in Early Modern England”, Londres, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022

In sixteenth and seventeenth-century England, the female silhouette underwent a dramatic change. This very structured form, created using garments called bodies and farthingales, existed in various extremes in Western Europe and beyond, in the form of stays, corsets, hoop petticoats and crinolines, right up until the twentieth century. With a nuanced approach that incorporates a stunning array of visual and written sources and drawing on transdisciplinary methodologies, Shaping Femininity explores the relationship between material culture and femininity by examining the lives of a wide range of women, from queens to courtiers, farmer’s wives and servants, uncovering their lost voices and experiences. It reorients discussions about female foundation garments in English and wider European history, arguing that these objects of material culture began to shape and define changing notions of the feminine bodily ideal, social status, sexuality and modesty in the early modern period, influencing enduring Western notions of femininity.

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Fiammetta Campagnoli (2022, 20 août). Parution : Sarah A. Bendall, “Shaping Femininity: Foundation Garments, the Body & Women in Early Modern England”, Londres, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022. Centre d'Histoire de l'Art de la Renaissance. Consulté le 15 avril 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/moyn

Fiammetta Campagnoli

Fiammetta Campagnoli est doctorante en histoire de l'art moderne à l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Ses recherches se concentrent sur la perception et sur la réception de la spatialité de l’image mariale au XVe et au XVIe siècle.

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