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The language of lace and embroidery from the court of Louis XIV through to contemporary haute couture

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dc.contributor.advisor Chiaroni, Keren en_NZ Lloyd, Catherine en_NZ 2015-12-03T21:57:39Z en_NZ 2020-03-10T02:12:57Z 2015-12-03T21:57:39Z en_NZ 2020-03-10T02:12:57Z 2015 en_NZ 2015 en_NZ
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dc.description.abstract The history of thread work is a story of practicality and functionality, but it is also a tale of power, fashion, virtuosity, decorum, art and culture. Thread work has played a role as a visual language in France for many centuries, continually evolving in its techniques and range of expressive and stylistic possibilities and thus in its significance as a communicative medium. In more recent times, thread work has come to be considered as a form of social and cultural discourse in its own right that is consequently referred to as ‘visual rhetoric’. Following this unique form of visual discourse through the history of fashion allows consideration of the development of identity and gender roles in French society as well as the interrelated narratives of the creative processes involved in the production of lace and embroidery. These reflections lead in turn to consideration of the ways processes of production and consumption were disrupted and transformed by major events, by sumptuary laws and political edicts. The language of thread work has been encoded and decoded by all socio-economic classes, and is underwritten by tensions between power and dependency, rich and poor, light and dark, public show and private domesticity. It has the capacity to express identities and to enhance communities. In more recent times the reconsideration of the value of thread work in the design concepts of haute couture has seen a revitalisation of the appreciation of this medium in an industry associated with luxury, exclusivity and creativity. The language of thread-work remains ambivalent and complex in France today, signifying an innocuous ‘feminine’ pastime on the one hand, and a valued professional skill and cultural heritage on the other. en_NZ
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dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject European history en_NZ
dc.subject France en_NZ
dc.subject French culture en_NZ
dc.title The language of lace and embroidery from the court of Louis XIV through to contemporary haute couture en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Languages and Cultures en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ French en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Master's en_NZ Master of Arts en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 200306 French Language en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture en_NZ

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