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Tea Gown

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The tea gown is an interior gown that emerged in England and France in the 1870s at a time when increased urbanization affected social behavior. The growing number of etiquette manuals and lady’s periodicals produced at this time...

The Private Life of Paris

Valerie Steele

Often quoted in media, Valerie Steele has been the subject of profiles in Forbes and The New York Times, and was listed in the New York Daily News “Fashion’s 50 Most Powerful.” She is Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) and has curated more than 20 exhibitions in the past ten years. She is also Editor-in-chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture (Berg) and the author of numerous books, including Gothic: Dark Glamour; The Corset: A Cultural History; Paris Fashion; Fifty Years of Fashion: New Look to Now; Fetish: Fashion, Sex and Power; and Women of Fashion: 20th-Century Designers. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paris Fashion : A Cultural History

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2017

Book chapter

...Alfred Stevens, The Cup of Tea, c. 1874–1878. Oil on panel. Musée royal de Mariemont, Morlanwelz. © Musée royal de Mariemont—Photo M. Lechien. Dans ces sphères élevés le role de la femme est tout de charme et de seduction. Elle n...

Picturing the Material/Manifesting the Visual: Aesthetic Dress in Late-Nineteenth-Century British Culture

Dress History : New Directions in Theory and Practice

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...Reconciling historical representations of fashionable clothing with the lived reality of dress in practice presents an ongoing challenge for scholars of dress history. In my work, I have been fascinated by the myriad and complex sartorial...