New Words and Fanciful Names: Dyes, Color, and Fashion in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

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This chapter introduces the aniline dyes of the 1850s and 1860s, along with new words used for the colors created with these dyes. It then addresses how colorists, the dye chemists employed by textile manufacturers, and fashion journalists writing for middle-class women discussed fashionable colors. Both groups used a range of fashionable color terms and distinguished carefully among available colors. The chapter concludes by examining the increasing availability of branded dye products for domestic and commercial markets in the mid-nineteenth century. The chapter argues that both the language of fashionable color and the variety of new dye products linked male colorists and female fashion consumers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBright Modernity
Subtitle of host publicationColor, Commerce, and Consumer Culture
EditorsRegina Lee Blaszczyk, Uwe Spiekermann
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9783319507453
ISBN (Print)9783319507446
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameWorlds of Consumption
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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