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Dress regulations
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1. Concept

“Dress regulations are decrees of a sovereign power regarding the apparel of its subjects” [7. 5]. This definition requires further clarification in terms of its body of sources and their respective historical and national contexts. For instance, early modern dress regulations were sometimes issued as separate decrees, sometimes as part of larger-scale territorial orders (Territorial law code) and policey orders, and as trade regulations. Provisions on clothing ranged from general p…

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Mentges, Gabriele, “Dress regulations”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022265>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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