“The Antipathy between French and Spaniards”: Dress, Gender, and Identity in the Court Society of Early Modern Naples, 1501–1799

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The present article explores the inter-linkage between social and cultural values, related comportment, and dress in the courts of early modern of Europe. More specifically, it examines the two competing cultural models of Spanish and French fashion, and the values and historical processes that determined their respective success in the contemporary courts of Europe in general and of Naples in particular. Owing to the importance of dress in the construction of gender roles, the article assesses the influence of dress among Neapolitan men and women separately. The findings show that men’s fashions in Naples grosso modo followed European trends regarding both Spanish and French fashion, from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Comparatively, female French fashions and their related forms of sociability would only be able to flourish from the reign of Charles of Bourbon onward.
LanguageEnglish
JournalJahrbuch für Europäische Geschichte/European History Yearbook
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Apr 2019

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Antipathy
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Historical Process
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Gender Roles

Keywords

  • Fashion
  • Early modern Spain
  • Early modern France
  • Gender differences
  • Honour and shame

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