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The art of conspicuous consumption: putting "authenticity" in your 15th- and 16th-century clothing (Maistresse Marguerite d'Honfleur) Time: 1 Hour
Fee: $2.00 handout fee Class Size: None
Description: The most obvious way to include “authenticity” in your re-created clothing is to learn HOW to reproduce the construction methods and materials of extant clothing. But realistically, this can very difficult to do. This class will suggest a second way of obtaining information about “authenticity”: by looking at WHY clothing was created the way it was. Using the late-15th and 16th centuries as an example, this class will describe the social forces that impacted the European nobility (and even the upper bourgeoisie) and how these forces affected the choice of garment. It will introduce the concept of “the art of conspicuous consumption” and present some ways that understanding the role of “conspicuous consumption” can help you recreate more authentic clothing.
Student Supplies: None

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