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Clothing. Classes in architecture and anatomy

Whether buttoned, laced or belted, the clothes make the man. What makes a body a figure? What styles lengthen the figure? Shorten it? Slim it? And why is this socially significant?
"Clothing. Classes in architecture and anatomy" is a study in thinking on regional costumes from the collections of the Ethnographic Museum in the categories of form and detail. We take a look at what was being worn in rural communities in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. Not everyday wear, but the Sunday best, the finery, the glad rags, worn to cut a figure.

Outfits that had to be saved up for, that were put away and brought out with reverence, and worn by several generations. They hold the key to the code of cut, colour, material and embellishments that speaks volumes about the fascination with manorial and urban fashions. About the divide into “women’s” and “men’s”. About village life in the era of the abolition of feudalism and the emancipation of the peasants.

About the industrial boom that brought factory-made fabrics and sewing machines to every village, starting the slow but inexorable decline in the ubiquity of manual skills. The more closely we look at clothes, the more questions we have to their erstwhile owners.

The Seweryn Udziela Etnographic Museum in Krakow pl. Wolnica 1 17.05 - 27.10.2013
  • Program regionalny
  • województwo maloposkie
  • Unia Europejska
The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013