Civilian dress and naval uniform have influenced each other since Royal Naval uniform came into use in 1748 – around the same time as the fashion designer or marchande des modes was emerging in France. Today, designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood and Gucci still use the uniform for inspiration.
Published alongside the Sailor Chic exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Dressed to Kill explores naval identity, contemporary fashion and masculinity in three essays and, through newly commissioned colour photography and line drawings, fully illustrates the NMM’s uniform collection. Personal papers, diaries, fiction and other period artefacts are used alongside the images to demonstrate the significance of male fashion and uniform in forging a national, hierarchical, gendered identity in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Amy Miller is Curator of Decorative Arts and Material Culture at the National Maritime Museum.
- A detailed examination of original uniforms of the period 1748–1857
- An exploration of the historical, social and economic contexts of uniforms
- A fascinating look at gender identity and fashion
- Sumptuous, newly commissioned colour photography showing uniforms in detail will make this an essential resource for those interested in fashion and design
Author: Amy Miller
Title: Dressed to Kill: British Naval Uniform, Masculinity and Contemporary Fashions, 1748–1857: (NB. The book is now out of print but some copies are still available through the preceding link.)
Format: Paperback, 268 x 218mm, Portrait
Illustrations: 180 colour