A crime of fashion: social mobility and the second hand clothing trade in early modern England
social mobility, second hand clothing, early modern period, England
Through exploring the ideologies behind the sumptuary laws, the development of the second-hand economy, and the method through which goods came into it, this essay will consider the idea of social mobility as attained through the buying and selling of luxury clothing. Looking primarily at the working poor, though also drawing from the expanding middling class, this essay will consider the realities of the opportunities offered by the existence of the second-hand economy, and whether or not any tangible form of social mobility was indeed attainable through them.
Presented on April 23, 2019 at Student Research Day held at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.
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