Second Hand News: Cultural and Economic Messages Encoded in the Consumption of Used Garments

Second Hand News: Cultural and Economic Messages Encoded in the Consumption of Used Garments
Mark O’Connell@2015 no reproduction without permission

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Velvet fragments with Medici arms, 1440–1500
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/46.156.118

ABSTRACT:

Adoption and re-use of textiles and garments has been practiced by all textile-producing cultures. The manner of consumption of second hand clothes has been dictated and redefined by cultural directives specific to where the practice was taking place. Prevailing cultural, classist and economic factors can change how a second-hand garment will be distributed, and affect the value placed on the item. Both Renaissance Italy and 16th to 18th C. England’s urban economies were actively engaged in the resale and grey market activities of second-hand clothing consumption, however their economic activities were markedly different reflecting cultural specificity.

(Full paper available upon request)

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Portrait of Barbara Viliers, mistress of King Charles II, painted by John Michael Wright c. 1670 in the romantic style.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1650%E2%80%931700_in_Western_European_fashion

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Comaroff, John L., and Jean Comaroff. “Fashioning the Colonial Subject.” Of Revelation and Revolution 2 (1997): 218-73.

Frick, Carol, C. “The Florentine ‘Rigattieri’: Second Hand Clothing Dealers and the Circulation of Goods in the Renaissance”. Old Clothes, New looks: Second Hand Fashion. England. Berg. 2005. Accessed Nov. 18, 2015: http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/10.2752/9781847888815/OCNL0008

Lemire, Beverly. “The Secondhand Clothing Trade in Europe and Beyond: Stages of Development and Enterprise in a Changing Material World, c. 1600–1850.” Textile 10, no. 2 (2012): 144-163.

Palmer, Alexandra, and Hazel Clark. eds. Old Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashion. Berg, 2005. Accessed Nov. 18, 2015: http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/10.2752/9781847888815/OCNL0008

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