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The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes

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andlt;Bandgt;andlt;Iandgt;To stripe a surface serves to distinguish it, to point it out, to oppose it or associate it with another surface, and thus to classify it, to keep an eye on it, to verify it, even to censor it.andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Throughout the ages, the stripe has made its mark in mysterious ways. From prisoners' uniforms to tailored suits, a street sign to a set of sheets, Pablo Picasso to Saint Joseph, stripes have always made a bold statement. But the boundary that separates the good stripe from the bad is often blurred. Why, for instance, were stripes associated with the devil during the Middle Ages? How did stripes come to symbolize freedom and unity after the American and French revolutions? When did the stripe become a standard in men's fashion? "In the stripe," writes author Michel Pastoureau, "there is something that resists enclosure within systems." So before putting on that necktie or waving your country's flag, look to andlt;Iandgt;The Devil's Clothandlt;/Iandgt; for a colorful history of the stripe in all its variety, controversy, and connotation.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations  

Preface to the American Edition 

Order and Disorder of the Stripe  

The Devil And His Striped Clothes 

(13th­16th centuries)

The Carmel Scandal 

Striped Fabric, Bad Fabric  

Saint Joseph¹s Breeches  

Plain, Striped, Patterned, Spotted 

The Figure and the Background: Heraldry and the Stripe 

From The Horizontal To The Vertical And Back 

(16th­19th centuries)

From the Diabolic to the Domestic 

From the Domestic to the Romantic 

The Revolutionary Stripe 

To Stripe and to Punish 

Stripes For The Present Time 

(19th­20th centuries)

Hygiene of the Stripe  

A World in Navy Blue and White  

Oddball Zebras  

Striped Surface, Dangerous Surface  

From the Trace to the Mark  

Bibliographic Orientation  

About the Author  

Notes  

Index

Copyright © 2001 by Columbia University Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743453264
Translator:
Gladding, Jody
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Translator:
Gladding, Jody
Author:
Pastoureau, Michel
Author:
Gladding, Jody
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Textile fabrics
Subject:
Costume
Subject:
Stripes.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Clothing and dress in art
Subject:
World History-France
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 bandamp;w illustrations t-o
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7 x 5.5 in 4.76 oz

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