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Swedish Burgher's Dress in the Seventeenth Century

Journal article
Authors Eva I. Andersson
Published in Costume - Journal of the Costume Society
Volume 51
Issue 2
Pages 171-189
ISSN 0590-8876
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Historical Studies
Pages 171-189
Language en
Keywords fashion, consumption, seventeenth century, Sweden, material culture, inventories, burghers
Subject categories History


This article discusses dress, and the consumption of clothing among the burghers of seventeenth-century Stockholm. Clothing was one of the most important ways in which early modern people displayed and claimed their position in society. Through fine materials and fashionable cut, wealth and status, as well as the less tangible capital of knowledge of style and trends, could be expressed in a way that was visible to all. Clothing was therefore also a way that society was made comprehensible.

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