The English center type within the overdue 19th century loved a rise within the availability and diversity of fabric items. With that, the visible markers of sophistication club and manly habit underwent a thorough switch. In The reduce of His Coat: males, costume, and buyer tradition in Britain, 1860-1914, Brent Shannon examines usual novels through authors akin to George Eliot, Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hughes, and H. G. Wells, in addition to formerly unexamined etiquette manuals, interval ads, and style monthlies, to track how new ideologies emerged as heavily produced outfits, sartorial markers, and shopper tradition started to swap.
whereas Victorian literature commonly portrayed girls as having sole regulate of sophistication representations via gown and manners, Shannon argues that middle-class males participated vigorously in model. Public screens in their newly obtained mannerisms, hairstyles, garments, and patron items redefined masculinity and sophistication prestige for the Victorian period and past.
The reduce of His Coat probes the Victorian disavowal of men's curiosity in type and procuring to recuperate men's major position within the illustration of sophistication via self-presentation and customer practices.