ABSTRACT

The study of historic dress can present a formidable and baffling variety of problems which may well provide an obstacle to the unwary. Everybody wears clothes which are normally selected and purchased by their owners, and yet, when challenged, most people are unable to provide a rational explanation for wearing particular outfits on a given day. Indeed, one student questionnaire produced the unlikely response that the majority chose their clothing on the basis of what they could find that was clean!