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

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

by Jill Fields
     
 

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. An Intimate Affair takes the reader on a tour of 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 women… See more details below

Overview

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. An Intimate Affair takes the reader on a tour of 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 women wore. Lavishly illustrated throughout, 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.

About the Author:
Jill Fields is Associate Professor of History at California State University, Fresno

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520252615
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/02/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
1,158,859
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(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

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >