'They tell me they were in fashion last year': Samuel and Elizabeth Jeake and clothing fashions in late seventeenth-century London and Rye

Tankard, Danae (2016) 'They tell me they were in fashion last year': Samuel and Elizabeth Jeake and clothing fashions in late seventeenth-century London and Rye. Costume, 50 (1). pp. 20-41. ISSN 0590-8876

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Abstract

This article examines high fashion culture in late seventeenth-century London and Rye, focusing on the ways that Rye merchant, Samuel Jeake (1652-1699) and his wife, Elizabeth (1667-1736), engaged with the London fashion market at a time when the transmission of fashion styles was still primarily by word of mouth. Both Samuel and Elizabeth were intensely concerned to appear fashionable in provincial Rye. Correspondence between Samuel and Elizabeth and their London relatives shows how fashion information was being communicated between London and Rye and the speed with which clothing fashions changed in the capital. The discussion of Samuel and Elizabeth's engagement with fashion is framed by an analysis of contemporary satirical literature which takes the supposed obsession of the English with fashion as its theme.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Samuel Jeake, Elizabeth Jeake, Rye, Sussex, seventeenth-century clothing, seventeenth-century shopping, seventeenth-century fashion, seventeenth-century London, gender, consumption
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA10 British Empire. Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Departments > History
Depositing User: Danae Tankard
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 10:36
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 10:20
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3580

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