By Alexandra Palmer, Hazel Clark
Second-hand type has a background as outdated because the construction of garments itself, yet until eventually lately it used to be given little attention. Used outfits characterize the biggest numbers of latest clothing yet till lately they weren't perceived as severe type goods. despite the fact that, this has replaced dramatically with the increase of classic websites, price garments chains, and the style media's perpetuation of the concept that secondhand outfits could be recycled into avant-garde "cool". This publication not just exhibits how very important used garments has turn into but in addition what position it performs in tradition and heritage. the japanese, for instance, normally salvage sections of kimonos, whereas in India clothing are inexhaustibly recycled. This cross-cultural and historic standpoint fills a tremendous hole via supplying clean insights into the leading edge use of secondhand gown and age-old traditions of recycling fashion.
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Additional info for Old Clothes, New Looks: Second-Hand Fashion (Dress, Body, Culture)
But for the second hand trade to ﬂourish, common people had to have more than single garments to cover their nakedness; there had to be at least the small occasions of surplus, as well as the desire for extra, the means to bring comfort and reﬂect some material complexities in their lives and on their 31 Beverly Lemire persons. 1 England was not alone among her European neighbors in having laboring and middling ranks who could afford these niceties; but in north-western Europe it was among the earliest to express these trends in such a dynamic form.
He was able to sell his entratura or right to do business there, however, for 200 ﬂorins (ASF, CAT, 822: 730R). Clearly, 19 Carole Collier Frick this area was the center of the second hand ‘rag trade’ in the city of Florence, and a spot in this lucrative retail market was a prized commodity. Other important markets for textiles by the ﬁfteenth century included the so-called Mercato Nuovo, further south toward the Arno in the same quarter of San Giovanni, as well as the environs of the old grain market of Orsanmichele, on the main thoroughfare of Via Calzaioli (Guccerelli, 1985: 78–9).
This prevented the stagnation of the considerable outlay of funds rich Florentines spent on personal display, and instead, returned their purchases to the marketplace, where owners were able to recoup their liquid capital, and live to invest another day. The lower reaches of society were able to access bits and pieces of luxury goods, albeit used, while the upper reaches of society were able to recycle their extravagance. Clothing 26 The Florentine Rigattieri practices among the urban population were inﬂuenced by the adaptive reuse of hardy textiles, allowing individual recombination of various garment pieces to emerge.