Dress of Women: A Critical Introduction to the Symbolism and Sociology of Clothing

Dress of Women: A Critical Introduction to the Symbolism and Sociology of Clothing

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313312702

ISBN-13: 9780313312700

Pub. Date: 10/30/2001

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Originally serialized in 1915 in The Forerunner, and never before published in book form, The Dress of Women presents Gilman's feminist sociological analysis of clothing in modern society. Gilman explores the social and functional basis for clothing, excavates the symbolic role of women's clothing in patriarchal societies, and, among other things,

Overview

Originally serialized in 1915 in The Forerunner, and never before published in book form, The Dress of Women presents Gilman's feminist sociological analysis of clothing in modern society. Gilman explores the social and functional basis for clothing, excavates the symbolic role of women's clothing in patriarchal societies, and, among other things, explicates the aesthetic and economic principles of socially responsible clothing design. The introduction, by Hill and Deegan, situates The Dress of Women within Gilman's intellectual work as a sociologist, and relates her sociological ideas to the themes she developed in some of her other works.

Although written in 1915, Gilman's treatment of clothing and dress remains relevant. This pioneering effort adds substantially to Gilman's reputation as a sociological theorist and feminist. In addition, it represents one of the earliest full-length specifically sociological analyses of clothing and the fashion industry. Ultimately, the author concludes that harmful and degrading aspects of women's dress are amenable to reform if men and women will work together rationally to change the controlling institutional patterns of the society in which they live. This groundbreaking work will appeal to those interested in Gilman, feminist theory, sociological theory, social psychology, women's literature, and women's studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313312700
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2001
Series:
Contributions in Women's Studies Series
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Prefatory Note

Primary Motives in Clothing

Some Modifying Forces

The Principle Involved

Physical Health and Beauty

Beauty vs. Sex Distinction

The Hat

Decorative Art, Trimmings, and Ornament

Humanitarian and Economic Considerations

Larger Economic Considerations

The Force Called Fashion

Fashion and Psychology

Hope and Comfort

Endnotes

Index

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