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The Three-Piece Suit and Modern Masculinity – England, 1550-1850 - California Scholarship Online
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The Three-Piece Suit and Modern Masculinity: England, 1550-1850

David Kuchta


In 1666, King Charles II felt it necessary to reform Englishmen's dress by introducing a fashion that developed into the three-piece suit. This book tells us what inspired this royal revolution in masculine attire—and the reasons for its remarkable longevity. Between 1550 and 1850, the book states, English upper- and middle-class men understood their authority to be based in part upon the display of masculine character: how they presented themselves in public and demonstrated their masculinity helped define their political legitimacy, moral authority, and economic utility. Much has been writte ... More

Keywords: masculinity, England, Englishmen, masculine attire, political legitimacy, moral authority, economic utility, patriarchal society, three-piece suit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520214934
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520214934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Kuchta, author