mainly regulated the amount of jewellery and accessories women were allowed to wear according to their wealth and tax payments (e.g.
And although sumptuary laws
attempted to limit the display of expensive jewelry even restricting the number of rings one could wear fashion-conscious women found ways to skirt the laws.
The 1964 surgeon general's warning about the health consequences of cigarette smoking represented a sea change in political rhetoric that began justifying what some have called, perhaps inaptly, "modern sumptuary laws
." Smoking "warranted appropriate remedial action," according to the 1964 report (U.S.
In Europe in the Middle Ages the Catholic Church tried to regulate social and economic activity by declaring money lending a sin, by promulgating sumptuary laws
, and by the occasional purge of worldly goods (such as the infamous "Bonfire of the Vanities" in Florence).
It was common for earlier societies to implement sumptuary laws
There was serious discussion over whether the new nation needed formal sumptuary laws
or "only prudence and good taste" in order to resist the corrupting influence of imported fashions.
(Scarlet letters and sumptuary laws
are more commonly remembered today, but the local organization of charity and relief was probably a more important development in the sixteenth century.) This conviction derived in part from the importance placed on the Old Testament as a source for social ethics, an importance Lutherans and Catholics--and the Anglicans who founded the American South--did not share.
Her themes are the evil of luxury, the Roman response to luxury, previous measures against extravagance, sumptuary laws
, and sumptuary legislation in comparative perspective.
The discussion in Chapter 14 of the importance of Robert's sumptuary laws
in the development of French practices would be more convincing if discussion of Philippe III's own legislation in this area was not relegated to an appendix.
Cities such as Florence were praised for the beauty of their women and sumptuary laws
were suspended, often for months, when important foreign dignitaries visited.
Masquerading as a hunter, Juliane crosses both boundaries, gender and rank, two boundaries historically regulated through sumptuary laws
. The portrayal of class distinctions in the novel does not challenge the fundamental division of rank, nor does its argument for female development challenge fundamental notions of gender complementarity.
He begins with a discussion of sumptuary laws
that linked dress and social status, arguing that challenges to these laws made way for the rise of fashion.