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Signs and Symbols

Dress at the Intersection between Image and Realia

Ed. by de Günther, Sabine / Zitzlsperger, Philipp

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    August 2018
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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".


    24.0 x 17.0 cm
    vii, 359 pages
    34 Fig.
    Type of Publication:
    Academics (Art history, culture, fashion history, literature, social history)

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    Sabine de Günther, Humboldt University of Berlin; Philipp Zitzlsperger, Hochschule Fresenius and Humboldt-University of Berlin.


    "This book is especially valuable by enlarging the oftentimes limited information about dress to reveal deeper levels of meaning and possible new interpretations"
    Scott Hughes Myerly in: The Journal of Dress History 3.1 (2019), 185-187

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