The language of ceremonial gesture and costume

  • O. Yu. Zakharova doctor of historical sciences, professor
Keywords: non-verbal language, costume, ball


The author explores the semiotics of gesture and ceremonial costme as an important component of the ballroom ceremonial, which has in society, like other ceremonial celebrations (diplomatic methods, military parades, knightly carousel) symbolic value. The article discusses the language of the fan, as a mandatory attribute of the ball costume, about the history of the fan in Western Europe and Russia, as well as about one of the most ancient jewelry, popular in Europe during the XVIII–XIX centuries 4-floral decoration. Specific examples of the connection of individual plots of the history of human society with
the history of plants are given. The article studies the role of accessories such as a snuffbox and gloves when shaping a ballroom suit. The language of the costume emphasized the social status, spoke of its artistic taste, which in turn testified not only about the aesthetic, but also the ethical principles of its owner. In contrast to other Ceremonies women were given a special, honorable place at the ball. Not only her reputation, but also the reputation of her relatives ones depended on her behavior at the ball. M. Yu. Lermontov compared the appearance of a woman at the ball with the first ascent of the speaker on the steps of the department. The non-verbal language of communication (the language of gesture, costume, heraldry, emblames, banners, flags) in ceremonial culture serves not only for self-identification and identification of personality, but above all for the indication of society.


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Zakharova, O. Y. “The Language of Ceremonial Gesture and Costume”. Literature and Culture of Polissya, Vol. 97, no. 12i, Feb. 2020, pp. 48-58, doi:10.31654/2520-6966-2019-12i-97-48-58.