Business fashion: masculinity, class and dress in 1870s Australia

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Bellanta, Melissa. (2017). Business fashion: masculinity, class and dress in 1870s Australia. Australian Historical Studies. 48(2), pp. 189 - 212. https://doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2017.1300178
AuthorsBellanta, Melissa
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This article explores the emergence of ‘business fashion’ as a new mode of male dress in 1870s Australia. The focus is on men at the vanguard of this new fashion: namely, bankers and sharebrokers in New South Wales’ gold-mining towns during a gold rush between 1871 and 1874. The rise of business dress offers us insight into the surprising extent of male interest in fashion in late-colonial Australia – and fresh perspectives on the history of Australian masculinity, class and consumption as a consequence.

Year2017
JournalAustralian Historical Studies
Journal citation48 (2), pp. 189 - 212
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1031-461X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2017.1300178
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85019351900
Page range189 - 212
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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