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Dressing Up Debutantes: Pageantry and Glitz in Texas (Dress, Body, Culture)

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For ninety years, young society women in San Antonio, Texas have donned custom-designed dresses and trains to take part in the Coronation of a queen and her court. These royal robes, which weigh fifty pounds and more and cost an average of $18,000, are highly embellished with rhinestones and beads. The Coronation is part of the ten-day, century-old festival celebrating the final battle of the 1836 Texas revolt against Mexico.

This book provides a significant contribution to the study of social elites in Western society through a material culture analysis of the Coronation costumes worn by the Euro-American debutantes. Set against the backdrop of a city undergoing many demographic, socioeconomic, and political changes, the themes of Coronation pageants represent the mythologized ethnic and class history which reinforces the hierarchical positioning of its participants. The royal robes serve as the canvas upon which this theme is carried out. The Coronation, held in a city with a Hispanic majority, has come under attack for its elitism, but participation in it is still important for the old Euro-American aristocracy and for a very few extremely wealthy Hispanic families. Integral to the continuation of this increasingly contested tradition is the emotional appeal that wearing these intricately decorated gowns holds for participants.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859739396
Author:
Haynes, Michaele Thurgood
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Fashion
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Costume
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Texas
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture,
Publication Date:
19980831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illustrations, Bibliography, Index
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.21 x 6.14 x 0.439 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » World History » General

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