An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- University of California Press
Intimate apparel, a term in use by 1921, has played a crucial role in the development of the "naughty but nice" 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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|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 IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Sexual Foundations1. Drawers2. Corsets and Girdles3. Brassieres4. The Meaning of Black Lingerie5. The Invisible Woman: Intimate Apparel Advertising6. The Production of Glamour: Intimate Apparel Workers and Union Culture7. Return of the Repressed (Waist), 1947–1952Epilogue: Bra vs. Bra: Feminist Intimate Apparel ArtNotesIndex
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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