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Byzantine Dress

Representations of Secular Dress in Eighth- to Twelfth-Century Painting

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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Jennifer L. Ball
    Pages 1-9
  3. Jennifer L. Ball
    Pages 11-35
  4. Jennifer L. Ball
    Pages 37-56
  5. Jennifer L. Ball
    Pages 57-77
  6. Jennifer L. Ball
    Pages 79-104
  7. Jennifer L. Ball
    Pages 105-115
  8. Jennifer L. Ball
    Pages 117-121
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 123-176

About this book


In Byzantium there were two overlapping systems of dress: a semiotic one whereby dress was a code for rank and wealth, and a fashion system where dress was based on the desire to look a certain way. This book explains secular dress from the eighth to the twelfth centuries through an examination of painted representations.


bibliography Byzantine fashion manuscript manuscripts methodology Middle Ages textiles

About the authors

JENNIFER L. BALL is Assistant Professor of Medieval Art History at Brooklyn College, New York, USA.

Bibliographic information


'This book is a welcome addition to the history of Byzantine dress. It presents a concise coverage of the Middle Byzantine period (eighth to twelfth centuries) using paintings (both frescoes and illustrated manuscripts) as its main evidence...It will be a good addition to the libraries of Byzantine historians and dress historians.' - Medieval Clothing and Textiles