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

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

by Jill Fields
 

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ISBN-10: 0520223691

ISBN-13: 9780520223691

Pub. Date: 07/02/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

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

Overview

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:
9780520223691
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/02/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction. Sexual Foundations     1
Drawers     18
Corsets and Girdles     47
Brassieres     79
The Meaning of Black Lingerie     113
The Invisible Woman: Intimate Apparel Advertising     174
The Production of Glamour: Intimate Apparel Workers and Union Culture     217
Return of the Repressed (Waist), 1947-1952     256
Epilogue. Bra vs. Bra: Feminist Intimate Apparel Art     272
Notes     289
Index     361

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