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From Fabulous to Frump: The Changing Fashions of Martha Washington

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dc.contributor.advisor Anderson, Cecilia
dc.contributor.author Teixeira, Teresa
dc.creator Teixeira, Teresa
dc.date 2017-05-15
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-25T15:28:49Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-25T15:28:49Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G8XD51
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/10973
dc.description.abstract This thesis analyzes the extant fragments of Martha Washington’s wardrobe in order to place her within the fashion context of her day. The analysis shows that rather than falling into the matronly image Americans associate with her, Martha followed the fashions of her day. Since most of the remaining textiles date to the mid-eighteenth century, the examination of her image through her clothing focuses on her life before the American Revolution, with the latter portion of her life focused on documentary descriptions. Before Martha Washington crafted her image to represent the ideal American woman, she appeared fashionable and worthy of her high social rank.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Martha Washington en_US
dc.subject textiles en_US
dc.subject costume history en_US
dc.subject eighteenth-century textiles en_US
dc.title From Fabulous to Frump: The Changing Fashions of Martha Washington en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in History of Decorative Arts en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline History of Decorative Arts en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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