Dress and Material Culture

Victoria Bartels, Katy Bond

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Buoyed by its flourishing artisanal economy, Augsburg supported a lively trade in consumer wares and fashion items, including textile goods, arms, and armor. Within the urban landscape, the body became a site for appraisal. Bodily adornment consequently loomed large in the minds of Augsburg’s inhabitants, who collaborated with merchants and workshops to assemble splendid outfits for themselves and foreign clients. Sartorial finery was the outcome of collective efforts that linked suppliers, craftsmen, agents, and patrons across the city and abroad, driving material achievement to new heights of innovation and aestheticism. While sumptuous dress was an important, aspirational tool for Augsburg’s social climbers, it was also wielded by civic authorities to distinguish social rank and duty, ensuring that public-facing dressed bodies fit into an honorable commune. The city cultivated a unique fascination for visualizing clothing in portraiture, hand-painted albums, and in print, transforming dress into a key subject of pictorial culture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Late Medieval and Early Modern Augsburg
EditorsB. Ann Tlusty, Mark Häberlein
Place of PublicationLeiden
ChapterChapter 19
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9789004416055
ISBN (Print)9789004414952
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeB2 Part of a book or another research book


  • art history
  • material culture
  • Early Modern
  • dress
  • armour
  • fashion
  • Germany

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