Dress, Culture and Commerce

The English Clothing Trade before the Factory, 1660–1800

  • Beverly Lemire

About this book


This work examines a trade that covered the backs of sailors and soldiers, that shirted labouring men and skirted working women, that employed legions of needlewomen and supplied retailers with new consumer wares. Garments, once bought, returned again to the marketplace, circulating like a currency and bolstering demand. The agents in this trade included military contractors for clothing, female outworkers and dealers in used clothes. Each was affected by a changing demand for new-styled 'luxuries' and necessities in apparel.


bibliography commerce culture English history history of literature knowledge trade transformation women

Authors and affiliations

  • Beverly Lemire
    • 1
  1. 1.University of New BrunswickCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1997
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-39668-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-37275-7
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