transition between lady and working woman swiftly and effectively
fashionable clothes are troped as a means of moving—or attempting to move—up the social ladder
desire to dress well is explicitly identified by her father as her motivation for marrying above her statio
deceptive qualities of dress, and more explicitly how lower-class women are able to utilize these attributes in order to achieve—and in Ethelberta’s case maintain—their social ambitions
gender as it is about clas
ntends to utilize her dress as a means of obtaining the best match.
maintain her position in society by virtue of appearance,
sending out a positive financial and social message to potential suitors through her garments.
accurate indication of Nancy’s real social position
certain degree of grace, exemplified in her choice of garments:
during their courtship, indicative of how fashion can easily mislea
Her clothes represent a certain degree of sensuality that Jude is keen to explore
false hair is often worn by those among the “better class … I bought it just for a fancy …
discrepancies between provincial and city fashions
The fact that she has adopted false hair in order to fulfill male expectations confirms these suspicions in Jude.
evelopments in garment production, marketing, and retailing allowed these groups to make and buy clothing
ashionable dress was the perfect vehicle through which to express wealth and leisure. I
potential threat to the existing social hierarchy. I
To follow fashion [was] to claim equality
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