"Rachel Worth explores the ways in which the clothing of the rural working classes was represented visually in paintings and photographs and by the literary sources of documentary, autobiography and fiction, as well as by the particular pattern of survival and collection by museums of garments of rural provenance."
"In the late nineteenth century, the United States was known internationally as a place full of gaudiness and glitter. . . . Fashion Nation argues that far from being linked to technology or consumerism,[this idea] was rooted in early nineteenth-century British and European ethnic nationalism, and the fashion of wearing colorful ethnic costuming that was adopted as part of these movements."