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An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality / Edition 1

An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality / Edition 1

by Jill FieldsJill Fields


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Intimate apparel, a term in use by 1921, has played a crucial role in the development of the "naughty but Bérénice" feminine ideal that emerged in the twentieth century. Jill Fields's engaging, imaginative, and sophisticated history of twentieth-century lingerie tours the world of women's intimate apparel and arrives at nothing less than a sweeping view of twentieth-century women's history via the undergarments they wore. Illustrated throughout and drawing on a wealth of evidence from fashion magazines, trade periodicals, costume artifacts, Hollywood films, and the records of organized labor, An Intimate Affair is a provocative examination of the ways cultural meanings are orchestrated by the "fashion-industrial complex," and the ways in which individuals and groups embrace, reject, or derive meaning from these everyday, yet highly significant, intimate articles of clothing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520252615
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 07/02/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jill Fields is Professor of History at California State University, Fresno.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction: Sexual Foundations
1. Drawers
2. Corsets and Girdles
3. Brassieres
4. The Meaning of Black Lingerie
5. The Invisible Woman: Intimate Apparel Advertising
6. The Production of Glamour: Intimate Apparel Workers and Union Culture
7. Return of the Repressed (Waist), 1947–1952
Epilogue: Bra vs. Bra: Feminist Intimate Apparel Art


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"[A] fascinating account."—T: the New York Times Style Magazine

"A seminal American feminist history text. . . . The breadth of research and level of theoretical sophistication make it a key reference for any student of women's fashion."—H-Net Reviews

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