The Beau Monde

The Beau Monde

Fashionable Society in Georgian London

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"Caricatured for extravagance, vanity, glamorous celebrity and, all too often, embroiled in scandal and gossip, 18th-century London's fashionable society had a well-deserved reputation for frivolity. But to be fashionable in 1700s London meant more than simply being well dressed. Fashion denoted membership of a new type of society - the beau monde, a world where status was no longer determined by coronets and countryseats alone but by the more nebulous qualification of metropolitan 'fashion'. Conspicuous consumption and display were crucial; the right address, the right dinner guests, the right possessions, the right jewels, the right seat at the opera. The Beau Monde leads us on a tour of this exciting new world, from court and parliament to London's parks, pleasure grounds, and private homes."--Publisher website
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2013
Edition: First edition published in 2013
ISBN: 9780191664007
0191664006
9780199659005
0199659001
Characteristics: xiv, 346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Mar 08, 2016

A superbly researched and written account of the titled elite in 18th-century London.

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