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Designing Identity
Author: Thelma K. Thomas

ISBN: 9780691169422
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 15 February 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.52
Description:
Ideals of character and beauty, and conceptions of self and society,were in flux during Late Antiquity, a period of extensive dramaticcultural upheaval for the Roman world, as the extraordinary growthof Christianity eclipsed paganism. Textiles from Late Antiquity document transformations of cultural traditions and societal values atthe most intimate level of the individual body and the home. These textile artifacts are fragile, preserved only in arid conditions, often infragments, and only rarely intact.

The textiles selected for the exhibition Designing Identity at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World present an aesthetic of vibrant colors, fine materials, technical virtuosity of professional production, and variations on designsthat display personal identity in the clothing of men, women, andchildren, as well as hopes for prosperity and protection in the textilefurnishings of households. Prized for their artistry since the earliest discoveries beginning at the turn of the nineteenth century, such textiles were eagerly collected by designers, artists, scholars, museums,and captains of industry. This exhibition catal...

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