Signs and Symbols
Dress at the Intersection between Image and Realia
Ed. by de Günther, Sabine / Zitzlsperger, Philipp
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Research at the interface between Visual Studies and Material Culture Studies
Contribution to dress-related art history, to realia knowledge, and gender studies
Aims and Scope
This book contains contributions and results from the Signs and Symbols conference, which focus on the question of the relationship between dress and image. The point of departure of the research in these articles is the axiom that images do not reflect reality. It shows that the dress depicted in images goes far beyond merely documenting a past status quo, and instead constructs realities and reveals symbolic potential. The articles also focus on realia used in images which challenge the viewer to reflect methodically on what appears and what is. The contributions work on the interface between image, script, and object sources, and thereby expand the iconographic methods of what is known as "material culture".