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« Corps, apparences vestimentaires et identités en France à la Renaissance »

Abstract : A specific type of clothed body emerged in 16th century France especially at Court. Clothing put its mark on the body, accentuating sexual dimorphism, imposing either Renaissance rectitude or distortions, transforming the body into a decorative surface for displaying magnificence. Its specificity resulted from the influence of various vestimentary and decorative fashions, starting with the new kinds of civility circulating in Renaissance Europe, which fashioned self-presentation. It found its fullest expression on the bodies of cosmopolitan aristocrats seeking a distinctive eloquence for their particular identity. At the same time, the identities which clothes imprinted on their wearer seemed threatened by transfers of vestimentary practices between sexes, sexual groups, and/or nations. The unease created by this mixture of appearances reflects that of a changing French society, its national identity re-defined in singularly bloody fashion by prolonged religious warfare. Top of page
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Isabelle Paresys. « Corps, apparences vestimentaires et identités en France à la Renaissance ». Apparence(s) : Histoire et culture du paraître, Institut de recherches historiques du Septentrion UMR 8529, 2012, 4 (4/2012), ⟨hal-01347873⟩



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