Susan Hiner Wins Costume Society of America Award for Accessories to Modernity

Congratulations to Susan Hiner. Earlier this month, the Costume Society of America awarded the 2011 Millia Davenport Publication Award to Hiner for her book Accessories to Modernity: Fashion and the Feminine in Nineteenth-Century France.

Here’s what the Costume Society of America had to say about Hiner’s work:

Hiner’s book explores historic dress and costume from a unique perspective. Through her examination of nineteenth-century fashion journals, illustrations, and works of some of the most widely read novels of the period, Hiner considers how fashion accessories of the day – shawls, parasols, fans and handbags – were used by women as an important tool to create, project, and maintain social and class distinctions during a time when social boundaries became more fluid. In commending Accessories to Modernity, the members of the committee who evaluated the seven short-listed books praised the author’s depth of analysis and impressive breadth of research, and commended her work on accessories, an often-overlooked topic. They noted that the author’s creative approach put the subject in context and went beyond obvious and accepted interpretations of French nineteenth-century culture.

Susan Hiner is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Vassar College. Accessories to Modernity is now available in cloth and in paperback.

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