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The term “fashion” derives from the Latin facere (“to make”) and is first attested in the sense of a popular style of dress, according to the OED, in 1568. The related term “mode” (from French mode, cf. German Mode) comes from the Latin modus, and thus relates to the “manner” in which something is done. It came to mean a “current fashion” in the 17th century. German Mode from the 17th century meanwhile referred exclusively to the design of apparel.

People of Central Europe were, however, increasingly aware that their manner of clothing was subject to change from as ear…

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Rublack, Ulinka, “Fashion”, 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 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024190>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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