Visualizing Luxury: Reading French Fashion History through Text Mining

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History, In-Person, Virtual

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Everyone , Adults
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Presented by Kathleen Kasten-Mutkus, PhD in French from the University of Pennsylvania

Luxury fashion, as well as a certain aesthetic, is often seen as emblematic of French culture. The reign of King Louis XIV was a period of staggering growth for the production of luxury goods in France. This presentation explores the presence of French-made luxury goods in French texts written between 1660 and 1715 by mining texts from various genres for references to luxury goods, particularly mirrors, silks, laces, and writing desks.

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